An analysis of the public’s personal, national and EU issue priorities

Shaun Bevan, Will Jennings, Christopher Wlezien

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Abstract / Description of output

Scholars characterize decision-making in the European Union (EU) as increasingly dispersed across different levels of political authority. This has implications for political representation. Yet, little is known about whether and how public opinion differs across levels of governance. In this paper, we consider evaluations of issue priorities. Specifically, we use data from the Eurobarometer to evaluate the degree of correspondence between issues that citizens consider important to them personally, to their country and to the EU. We find generally weak relationships between different levels of governance, which suggests national issue priorities are distinct from both personal and EU priorities. The results indicate that more careful research is needed to understand how public priorities at different levels affect politics and policy in the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-887
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number6
Early online date26 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • European Union
  • issues
  • measurement
  • most important problem
  • public opinion
  • surveys


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