Supranational Developments in the European Union: Changeable Balance of the Public Opinion

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2014-3-60-73

 I. Khokhlov, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN), 23 Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The article is devoted to the consideration of socio-cultural state of the European community during the period of crisis and mass manifestations of protest. In spite of the current instability in the world the EC continues to maintain its “acquis” (the composition of the membership, single currency etc.). This article contains a periodization that reflects tendencies in the trends of public opinion under the influence of internal and external factors. Countries are ranked according to the level of their social and economic development, which allowed to analyze the dependence of public opinion in support of the EC upon the state of the economy. For instance, in the Mediterranean countries that use to be “euroenthusiasts” the level of support became lower than the average for the EC.

Keywords: European Union, supranational, public opinion, crisis, country differences, cross-national comparison

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For citation:
Khokhlov I. Supranational Developments in the European Union: Changeable Balance of the Public Opinion. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2014, no. 3, pp. 60-73.

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