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The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

  • Achim Hurrelmann
  • Steffen Schneider

Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Understanding the Legitimacy of Regional Integration: A Comparative and Mixed-Method Perspective

  3. Politicization and Legitimation Trends in European and American Regionalism

  4. Regional Integration and Public Opinion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Dieter Fuchs, Romy Escher
      Pages 75-97
    3. Constantine Boussalis, Jennifer Merolla, Caryn Peiffer
      Pages 98-116
    4. Daniel Zizumbo-Colunga, Mitchell A. Seligson
      Pages 117-131
  5. Regional Integration and Public Discourses

  6. The Contentious Politics of Regional Integration

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Achim Hurrelmann, Steffen Schneider
      Pages 251-260

About this book


Based on cutting-edge research, this edited volume examines how citizens and political elites perceive the legitimacy of regional integration in Europe and the Americas. It analyses public opinion and political discourse on the EU, NAFTA and MERCOSUR, arguing that legitimation patterns shape the development of regional governance.


Regional integration Legitimacy/legitimation Politicization Public opinion Political discourse Contentious politics European Union NAFTA MERCOSUR desegregation European Integration European Union (EU) governance Mercosur NAFTA Policy politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Achim Hurrelmann
    • 1
  • Steffen Schneider
    • 2
  1. 1.Carleton UniversityCanada
  2. 2.University of BremenGermany

About the editors

Jared Bok, Emory University, USA Constantine Boussalis, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Brian Bow, Dalhousie University, Canada Pieter de Wilde, Social Science Research Center, Germany Francesco Duina, University of British Columbia, Canada Romy Escher, University of Regensburg, Germany Dieter Fuchs, University of Stuttgart, Germany Achim Hurrelmann, Carleton University, Canada Jennifer Merolla, University of California, Riverside, USA Caryn Peiffer, University of Birmingham, UK Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann, Free University of Berlin, Germany Pia Riggirozzi, University of Southampton, UK Ian Robinson, University of Michigan, USA Steffen Schneider, University of Bremen, Germany Mitchell A. Seligson, Vanderbilt University, USA Virginie Van Ingelgom, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium Daniel Zizumbo-Colunga, Vanderbilt University, USA

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