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Examining Attitudes towards the EU: The Role of Living Conditions in Cities and their Impact on the Urban Educated Polish Youth

Title
Examining Attitudes towards the EU: The Role of Living Conditions in Cities and their Impact on the Urban Educated Polish Youth
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Adrian Favero # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
24th Jan 2018 11:00 - 24th Jan 2018 12:00
Location
Conference Room 2.15, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/events/other_events/2017_2018/examining_attitudes_towards_the_eu_the_role_of_living_conditions_in_cities_and_their_impact_on_the_urban_educated_polish_youth

Work conducted in the field of European studies shows that territorial attachment and utilitarian approaches shape attitudes towards the EU. Using a different unit of analysis than the nation-state, this article examines these dynamics within urban centres in central Europe. Cities in Poland present interesting cases to explore the construction of attitudes towards the EU. After the fall of communism, urban authorities in Poland became influential actors in shaping local polices and the residents’ social context. Polish cities are increasingly integrated within the framework of the EU and play a central role in promoting economic and cultural attractiveness. Based on a survey of 324 MA students in five Polish cities, I assess the relationship between participants’ perceptions of cities’ performance and attitudes towards the EU. The results of diverse nonparametric tests confirm that satisfaction with economic conditions and local place attachment are positively correlated with support for EU integration.

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