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Dassonneville, Ruth, Alexandra Jabbour, and Michael S. Lewis-Beck. “More ‘Europe’, less Democracy? European integration does not erode satisfaction with democracy.” Electoral Studies 70 (2021): 102291.


The process of European integration, through institutions such as the European Union, the Eurozone, or Schengen, implies a shift in political decision-making away from the national governments and towards international institutions. This gradual shift in the balance of power, furthermore, is increasingly debated by citizens. As a result, European integration might lead to an erosion of satisfaction with democracy in European countries. By means of a longitudinal analysis of the determinants of satisfaction with democracy in European countries, we test this expectation. We find no indication that the shift in the balance of power, and the trend towards more European integration indeed have eroded satisfaction with the functioning of (national) democracy.

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