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Attitudes towards the EU in Italy under the Renzi government: Big move, small change? (Seminar co-hosted by the Working Group on Political Behaviour)

Dates:
  • Thu 24 Sep 2015 17.45 - 19.15
  Add to Calendar 2015-09-24 17:45 2015-09-24 19:15 Europe/Paris Attitudes towards the EU in Italy under the Renzi government: Big move, small change? (Seminar co-hosted by the Working Group on Political Behaviour)

The paper examines the attitudes of national political elites toward the EU and the recent politicization of Europe in the Italian party system. It is based on original survey data that are part of a new comparative project (ENEC). The Italian political elites have experienced some important transformations in the recent past as a consequence of the emergence of new parties, the re-alignment of other established parties and some structural transformations in their socio-demographic traits. The article shows that the positive feelings toward the EU have survived the acute change to the composition of the political elites, and that support for Europe can still be shown to be widespread, while variations are mainly differences in degree of support. Although opposition to the EU has emerged, this has not occurred in a linear way and remains dispersed, while a Eurosceptic camp able to challenge the mainstream pro-European conduct of the Italian elites is far from being in place. Despite the costs of integration having become more tangible and despite the mounting Euroscepticism of the citizens and the increased polarization on the EU in Italian society, in this country the political elites hold stable views on the integration process, and their loyalty to Europe still remains largely unquestioned today. As a result, the elite-mass opinion gap on the EU has grown substantially in this country.

Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

The paper examines the attitudes of national political elites toward the EU and the recent politicization of Europe in the Italian party system. It is based on original survey data that are part of a new comparative project (ENEC). The Italian political elites have experienced some important transformations in the recent past as a consequence of the emergence of new parties, the re-alignment of other established parties and some structural transformations in their socio-demographic traits. The article shows that the positive feelings toward the EU have survived the acute change to the composition of the political elites, and that support for Europe can still be shown to be widespread, while variations are mainly differences in degree of support. Although opposition to the EU has emerged, this has not occurred in a linear way and remains dispersed, while a Eurosceptic camp able to challenge the mainstream pro-European conduct of the Italian elites is far from being in place. Despite the costs of integration having become more tangible and despite the mounting Euroscepticism of the citizens and the increased polarization on the EU in Italian society, in this country the political elites hold stable views on the integration process, and their loyalty to Europe still remains largely unquestioned today. As a result, the elite-mass opinion gap on the EU has grown substantially in this country.


Location:
Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Maureen Lechleitner (EUI) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Swen Hutter (WZB Social Science Research Center and Freie Universität Berlin)
Mathilde Maria Van Ditmars (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Enrique Hernández Pérez

Speaker:
Prof. Nicolò Conti (Unitelma Sapienza Roma)
 
 

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