Anti-Americanism and Public Opinion in the European Union


Lawson, C. and Hudson, J., 2009. Anti-Americanism and Public Opinion in the European Union. Working Paper. Bath, UK: Department of Economics, University of Bath. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; 19/09)

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    The term “anti-Americanism” has become common coinage in public and academic debate, the more so since the election of President G. W. Bush, and especially since 9/11. Yet little is known of its causes and impact. Defining it as opposition to US policy, and using 2003 and 2005 Eurobarometer data we examine individuals` attitudes to the US in five policy dimensions for EU members. We find that over a third of EU voters either approved or disapproved of the US in all five dimensions. We also find there are differences in attitude to US policy related to age, policy preferences and nationality. And, although anti-Americanism is associated with a preference for greater European independence, perhaps surprisingly it is also linked to a desire for a less federal and hence less powerful Europe.


    Item Type Reports/Papers (Working Paper)
    CreatorsLawson, C.and Hudson, J.
    Uncontrolled Keywordseuropean union,federalism,anti-americanism
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
    Research CentresBath Economics Research
    ID Code15960
    Additional InformationID number: 19/09


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