London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

To belong or not to belong? Can we research people's attitudes to European Union citizenship?

Author(s) Dave Edye and Juan Delgardo-Moreira  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2001  
Editor A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper falls into two distinct sections. The first examines current attempts to explore attitudes towards Europe, primarily through the Eurobarometer. We conclude that citizenship is shown to have two dimensions: politico-constitutional and identity/multicultural, and in both the attitudes revealed by Eurobarometer show significant cause for concern. We also need to explore the process of opinion formation and the relationship between variables that people make themselves. The second part of the paper presents the framework of a module that we are developing at MA level that attempts to explore these issues with students.

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