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What Europe? Continuity and Change in Public Opinion About European Integration


How and why do public attitudes toward the EU and Europe differ across the continent? And what is causing broad changes in values, such as the rise of populist parties?

Meet our speakers and chair

Sara Hobolt (@sarahobolt) is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and Professor in the Department of Government at LSE. She is the Chair of the European Election Studies, an EU-wide project studying voters, parties, candidates and the media in European Parliamentary elections, and the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project EUDEMOS: Constrained Democracy: Citizens’ Responses to Limited Political Choice in the European Union. 

Liesbet Hooghe (@HoogheLiesbet) is the WR Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Research Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. She is a former chair of the European Politics & Society section of the APSA and of the European Union Studies Association.

Lauren McLaren is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester. She has published on the topics of public opinion regarding immigration and European integration in the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Political Studies, and Social Forces, and written books on these topics for Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. Her current research interests include economic and identity perceptions of the EU in the lead-up to the Brexit referendum and perceptions of minorities during the COVID pandemic. 

Chris Anderson (@soccerquant) is Professor in European Politics and Policy. A student of political behaviour, Anderson’s research has centred on the micro-foundations of markets and democracy. Past research projects have investigated the popularity of governments, the dynamics of public opinion about European integration, and people’s satisfaction with democracy.


More about this event

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

This year the LSE European Institute is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The European Institute has been at the forefront of study and research on Europe for three decades and will be running a series of special events to mark the occasion. 

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEEI30

15 Mar 2022 Online