Anti-Americanism and Public Opinion in the European Union

Colin Lawson, John Hudson

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, UK
PublisherDepartment of Economics, University of Bath
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameBath Economics Research Working Papers
No.19/09

Keywords

  • European Union
  • Federalism
  • anti-Americanism

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    Lawson, C., & Hudson, J. (2009). Anti-Americanism and Public Opinion in the European Union. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; No. 19/09). Department of Economics, University of Bath.