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Citizenship Configuration and Public Opinion towards Out-groups in the European Union

dc.contributor.author Nayar, Menaka
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-04T12:27:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-04T12:27:22Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-04
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/3737
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the sources of public opinion towards out-groups (including ethnic minorities and immigrants) in the European Union, using Eurobarometer data from the November-December 2006 survey on Social Reality, E-Communications, Common Agricultural Policy, Discrimination and the Media, and Medical Research. In particular, it investigates one national-level explanatory variable of interest– the state’s policy-based citizenship configuration (either segregationist, assimilationist, multiculturalist or universalist) based on a framework expounded by Koopmans, et al in Contested Citizenship: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Europe. The study uses a hierarchical ordered logit model, analyzing over 25,000 individual responses from 25 different countries, in order to ascertain the effect that living under a particular citizenship configuration has on an individual’s attitude towards out-groups. Results, though mixed, indicate nominal support for the hypothesis that respondents in segregationist and multiculturalist countries exhibit higher tendencies towards positive opinions of out-groups than respondents in assimilationist countries. This finding has important implications for policymakers attempting to redress negative public opinion towards out-groups in their country.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Migrant integration
dc.subject European Union
dc.subject Citizenship
dc.subject Configuration
dc.title Citizenship Configuration and Public Opinion towards Out-groups in the European Union
dc.type Honors thesis
dc.department Political Science


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