Beyond Euroscepticism. A Multidimensional Perspective

  • Danilo Di Mauro
  • Vincenzo Memoli


This chapter focuses on the definition of attitudes toward Europe, showing the limits of the concept of Euroscepticism. This concept was recently challenged by theoretical approaches, showing that attitudes toward the EU have multiple dimensions. By providing theoretical arguments and reviewing empirical tests, the authors claim that: (1) people distinguish between diffuse support and specific support; (2) European identity could be considered empirically a different dimension of support for Europe; (3) European citizens distinguish between support (diffuse and specific) for the EU and for the process of European integration. The authors conclude that Easton’s concept of support is a better descriptor for attitudes toward Europe than Euroscepticism, both in theoretical and empirical terms.


Euroscepticism Support for Europe Attitudes toward Europe European identity EU democracy Trust Responsibility European Union Easton Consensus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Di Mauro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vincenzo Memoli
    • 3
  1. 1.European University Institute (EUI) San Domenico di FiesoleFiesoleItaly
  2. 2.Unitelma Sapienza, University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.Università degli Studi di CataniaCataniaItaly

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