EUROSCEPTICISM IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: A CAUSE FOR CONCERN? A micro-level analysis using cross-sectional data of Euroscepticism in the Western Balkan EUcandidate countries.
Sammanfattning: This Bachelor’s thesis aims to contribute to the micro-level research on socio-demographicand attitudinal factors to Euroscepticism in the 4 Western Balkan candidate countries using aquantitative framework with cross-sectional data. The thesis focuses on utilitarian, politicaland identity-based factors. The hypotheses of this thesis were built around previous researchon Euroscepticism in the WB candidate countries, Euroscepticism in the former EasternEuropean candidate states, the EU member states’ and research on economic voting. Theresults of this thesis indicated that all three of the factors researched had some levels ofsignificance. Sociotropic utilitarian factors were shown to be stronger in predictingEuroscepticism than egocentric ones, higher levels of perceived internal political inefficacy ata country-level showed to increase levels Euroscepticism and individuals who identified withboth Europe and its country were shown to be less Eurosceptic than those who only identifiedwith Europe, those who only identified with their country were shown to be more Euroscepticthan both. Identity-based factors were shown to be strongest predictors of Euroscepticism.Albanians were indicated to be the least Eurosceptic nationality, whilst Serbians could insome instances be indicated to be the most.
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