Measuring implicit identification with the EU and its effects

Laura Cram

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Analysts should expect neither too much from European Union identity and its causal role in driving the integration process, nor too little, by underestimating the stabilising force of banal Europeanism. Daily transactions in an EU institutional context embed an acceptance of the EU as a legitimate political authority and underpin passive consent to the continued functioning of the EU. The emergence of an explicit EU identity is contingent upon the value (real and symbolic) attached to those transactions, the extent to which valued goods are perceived to be under threat and whether competing political authorities are viewed as legitimate.
Original languageEnglish
Journale-international relations
VolumeNovember 20th
Issue number2011
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2011


  • implicit identification
  • European Union
  • political instiutions


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