Determinants of Support for EU-Membership in Hungary
This chapter examines public support for the EU in Hungary between 1991 and 2003. Our argument is that support for EU membership is likely to have multiple roots given the complexity of the EU and citizens’ limited information about it. Chief among them are individuals’ preference for characteristics associated with the Union and its individual member-states to trust in political leaders pursuing integration. We further postulate that popular opinions about complex and multifaceted attitude objects like the European Union are strongly assisted by information shortcuts provided by media coverage, partisanship, ideology, and retrospective as well as prospective performance evaluations.
KeywordsPolicy Opinion Accession Process Party Preference Party Elite Accession Negotiation
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