Inequality, state ownership and the European Union: How economic context and economic ideology shape support for the European Union

John Garry*, James Tilley

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Abstract

This article investigates the extent to which economic ideology affects people's support for European Union integration and how this is conditioned by economic context. We argue that people on the economic left who live in a country with conditions of high income inequality and little state ownership will support European integration, because more integration would move public policy in a left-wing direction. By contrast, people on the left who live in a country with conditions of low income inequality and widespread public ownership are likely to be eurosceptic, as further integration would result in a more right-wing public policy. We empirically confirm our hypotheses and discuss the implications for European Union democracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Union Politics
Volume16
Issue number1
Early online date24 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Economic context
  • economic ideology
  • public support for European Union integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Demography
  • Political Science and International Relations

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