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Title:Who is in favor of enlargement? Determinants of support for EU membership in the candidate countries' referenda PDF Logo
Authors:Doyle, Orla
Fidrmuc, Jan
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:ZEI working paper B 04-2004
Abstract:We analyze support for EU membership as expressed in voting patterns in the candidate countries’ referenda on EU membership, using regional referendum results and individual survey data on voting intentions. We find that favorable individual and regional characteristics are positively correlated with support for accession and voter participation. In contrast, those who should benefit from future EU transfers are less likely to vote and/or support EU membership. We argue that voters in the candidate countries assign greater weight on future benefits from liberalization and integration than on potential gains through redistribution.
Subjects:Voting
referendum
EU enlargement
integration
JEL:J61
P26
P33
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEI Working Papers, Zentrum für Europäische Integrationsforschung, Universität Bonn

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