Democratization, European Integration, and Identity: Attitudes towards the EU across the EU member states and the Western Balkans

London, United Kingdom

20 November 2017

Time: 18.00 - 19.30

Synopsis: The scope of this panel is to examine changing attitudes towards the European Union (EU), addressing three different questions, 'How do attitudes change across public opinion?', 'How do attitudes towards migrants relate to the process of EU integration?', and 'How and why does the effect of the recent crisis differ between countries?'. Previous research examined changes before and after joining the EU across the post-communist region and showed that membership was not considered in terms of the complexities of standardization towards EU norms.


While the standard assumption in the academic discourse is that Europeanization enhances democracy in candidate countries by strengthening key democratic features (such as helping establish a vibrant civil society, the rule of law, minority rights, good governance, accountability and governmental transparency), this panels explores determinants of attitudes towards EU integration and different experiences. The literature mainly focuses on party level Euroscepticism, as opposition to the EU, but it is fundamental to examine public attitudes at a critical time for the EU, challenged by the recent economic crisis, confronted by the debates following the British referendum (23rd June 2016), divided on the refugee crisis, and under threat after the recent terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe itself (in Paris, on the 13th November 2015, and in Berlin, on the 19th December 2016), and more recent cases in the UK.

The analysis will illustrate different national cases and comparative studies of Ireland, Germany, Poland, Croatia and Serbia, to offer preliminary conclusions in comparative perspective.


Dr Charlotte Galpin

Dr Galpin is Lecturer in German and European Politics at the University of Birmingham. Since 2015, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen where she has been researching the role of the media in amplifying Euroscepticism.


Dr Simona Guerra

Dr Guerra is currently a LSEE Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor in Politics at the School of History, Politics & International Relations, University of Leicester. Her main research interest is in attitudes towards the European Union. How the latter change before and after joining the EU was the study subject in her first monograph, Central and Eastern European Attitudes in the Face of Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).


Dr Aleksandra Sojka

Dr Sojka is Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences at the University Carlos III in Madrid. Before joining the Department she has been a Visiting Scholar at The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University (2016/2017), and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science of the University of Granada. Her principal research interests lie in the area of EU politics, comparative European politics, and political sociology of European integration.

Chaired by:

Dr Claire Gordon, Head of LSE Teaching and Learning Centre

Dr Gordon has been working as a Teaching Fellow in East European Politics at the European Institute of LSE since 2003 and prior to that as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Government. Her research interests include the EU's eastward enlargement, minority policy and the role of conditionality; conflict management in post-communist states and the role of international organisations; and processes of democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe.

This event is free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis


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