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Attitudes toward Membership in the European Union in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

London, Lisa M. Pohlman (2009) Attitudes toward Membership in the European Union in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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How can we account for the strikingly different political preferences of Czechs and Slovaks in the post-communist era, despite a half-century of shared political history and similar political institutions? In order to answer this question, I examine what motivates ordinary citizens to support or reject the EU in two new member states of post-communist Europe. In this study I investigate the structure of political attitudes toward the EU in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, finding that while utilitarian cost-benefit analyses matter, various manifestations of identity (both European and national) play crucial parts in structuring attitudes toward the EU. Moreover, using historical evidence and data from an original survey conducted in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, I reveal that the manifestation and importance of identity in support for EU membership is contextually-based. The counterintuitive role that identity is shown to play in shaping attitudes toward the EU according to context is a novel finding in political science that merits further research


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
London, Lisa M.
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee CoChairHurwitz, Jonathanhurwitz@pitt.eduHURWITZ
Committee CoChairLinden, Ronaldlinden@pitt.eduLINDEN
Committee MemberSbragia, Albertasbragia@pitt.eduSBRAGIA
Committee MemberBarker,
Committee MemberWolchik,
Date: 17 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 17 April 2009
Approval Date: 17 June 2009
Submission Date: 24 April 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes; context; Czech Republic; EU membership; identity; self-interest; Slovakia
Other ID:, etd-04242009-062001
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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