Zsolt Enyedi: "Ideological and attitudinal structures among European citizens"

Departmental Seminar
CEU Community + Invited Guests
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 1:30pm
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:10pm

After some initial remarks on the ideological nature of the Hungarian and Eastern European right, the talk discusses the structure of mass political attitudes in Europe from the point of view of party elite configurations. It concludes that the covariation of attitudes is best captured by a five- or a six-dimensional model, but left-right identification is also interpretable in terms of an economic and a cultural dimension. The analyzed findings indicate that while in a number of countries non-xenophobic Euroscepticism continues to play an independent role, in general xenophobia and Euroscepticism have converged. Among citizens, as opposed to political elites, religiosity is positively associated with environmentalism, and pro-state attitudes combine with Euroscepticism. In the Eastern part of the continent the demand for strong state intervention is part of a nationalist-authoritarian and culturally conservative attitude-package.