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A comparative analysis of public attitudes to the European community in western Germany and Britain, 1975-1980

Gaffney, Rosalind Katherine (1986) A comparative analysis of public attitudes to the European community in western Germany and Britain, 1975-1980. Masters thesis, Durham University.



The thesis comprises a comparative study of public attitudes in West Germany and Britain to the European Community, analysing the nature and extent of their support for European integration. The historical dimension of their entry and the background political situation is taken into account and also the possible influence of both politicians and the Media. Aspects of public opinion investigated include the acceptance of further European integration and the degree of adherence to national institutions as possibly overriding the European dimension. Consideration is also given to background social factors and socio-political attitudes, including feelings of well-being and also of liberal or traditional social values. Particular attention is paid to the relationship and conflict between instrumental and idealistic attitudes to the Community. Other topics dealt with are attitudes to new entrants and trust in fellow member States, levels of satisfaction at information available on the Community and views on Community policy priorities. Short accounts are given of the major landmarks, the 1975 British Referendum on Community membership and the 1979 elections to the European Parliament, giving some attention to the historical background. Differences in education and also a possible gender or age factor are included where differentiation is appropriate. The major statistical data are drawn from European Commission sponsored Eurobarometer opinion polls. Notice is also taken of statistical data provided by other British and German opinion poll organisations. The conclusion is that there is a greater similarity in attitudes in the two countries than has previously been recognised in the literature. Where attitudes differ, an attempt is made to explain such discrepancies or hazard an account as to how they came about.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1986
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:15 May 2013 14:10

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