Polish Public Opinion: Explaining Declining Support for EU Membership

Szczerbiak, Aleks (2001) Polish Public Opinion: Explaining Declining Support for EU Membership. Journal of Common Market Studies, 39 (1). pp. 105-122. ISSN 0021-9886

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This article examines the changing patterns of support for EU membership in Poland, the largest of the central and east European applicant states. It argues that we should not be surprised that Poles have become increasingly cynical about EU membership since accession negotiations began and examines the particular concerns that underpin Polish Euroscepticism. However, the overall level of support remains high, and it is apathy and low turnout that pose a greater threat than outright rejection in a future referendum on EU accession.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This influential and widely cited paper is one of the very few examples of in-depth analysis of the dynamics of public opinion on European issues in one of the post-communist states in the run up to EU accession. Using a qualitative analysis of polling survey evidence it analyses the dynamics of the interaction between the process of EU enlargement and its impact on public opinion and domestic politics in a candidate state.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Aleks Szczerbiak
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:19
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 15:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15765
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