Fiscal redistribution and public support for regional integration

Adam William Chalmers*, Lisa Maria Dellmuth

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Abstract / Description of output

This article contributes to existing debates on public opinion toward European integration by examining when and why fiscal transfers and public support are systematically related. Drawing on economic and identity-related theories, we develop and test hypotheses about the links between European Union fiscal transfers among countries and subnational jurisdictions, and citizens’ support for European integration. Using a three-level analysis of residents in 143 regions in 16 European Union member states, we find a positive effect of European Union transfers among both countries and subnational jurisdictions on support for European integration among those with a European communal identity. We also find that this effect increases the more politically aware individuals are. The article sketches the broader implications of our findings for public opinion research on regional integration beyond the European Union.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-407
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean union politics
Issue number3
Early online date7 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • European integration
  • European union
  • fiscal transfers
  • public opinion
  • structural funds


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