Who is Anti-American in the European Union?


Lawson, C. and Hudson, J., 2010. Who is Anti-American in the European Union? Working Paper. Bath, U. K.: Department of Economics, University of Bath. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; 09/10)

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    The term anti-Americanism has become common in public and academic debate in the last decade. Yet we have only limited knowledge of those who hold such views. From 2003, 2005 and 2006 Eurobarometer data, almost 20% of EU respondents disapproved of USA policy in all five dimensions the surveys examined. Following the literature, this consistent opposition is defined as anti-American. Anti-Americans exhibit systematic differences in age, education, geographical location, policy preferences and nationality. In addition 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. In both sets of attitudes, to the USA and to the EU, there is also a strong regional dimension within countries, which reinforces the view that it is too simplistic to describe a country as being anti-American or being pro European integration.


    Item Type Reports/Papers (Working Paper)
    CreatorsLawson, C.and Hudson, J.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
    Research CentresBath Economics Research
    ID Code20958
    Additional InformationID number: 09/10


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