Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 1–25 | Cite as

Are Europeans made in America? Identity, alterity and the United States as Europe’s ‘Other’

  • David Michael GreenEmail author


Theorists of political identity have long argued that such sentiments are often forged through the mechanics of alterity. The intersection of these theoretical ideas with the historical contingency of the George W. Bush administration and the availability of mass behaviour data measuring identity and related concepts creates a unique opportunity to put this notion to an empirical test in the important context of European polity-building. Did the transatlantic breach caused by the Iraq war and other US policies of the past decade create an ‘Other’ for Europe in the form of the USA, driving European Union citizens towards a European identity? This study examines both qualitative and quantitative data to test the hypothesis that US policy during the Bush administration served to foster a more robust European identity, ultimately uncovering mixed empirical evidence both supporting and negating the proposed relationship.


European integration European identity political identity transatlantic relations American foreign policy mass behaviour political psychology 


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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceHofstra UniversityUSA

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