Type de publication:Book Chapter
Source:Candidates, Parties and Voters in the Belgian Partitocracy, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, p.273-310 (2018)
This chapter adopts a multi-methods approach in order to offer a renewed interpretation of the gap between Belgian elites and ordinary citizens about their level of support for further European integration. Based on the qualitative analysis of candidates’ and voters’ justifications about their attitudes towards integration, the first section generates new hypotheses concluding to the need to introduce public policy preferences as an additional determinant of these attitudes. Following this, the chapter explains candidates’ and voters’ level of support for EU integration. The results show that while Belgian elites are committed to further integration in terms of policy transfer to the European level, most Belgian citizens are not, because of the negative policy effects this could generate.
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