Regional attachment and support for European integration

Mwita Chacha*

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The European Union has evolved into a system of multilevel governance. EU actions have facilitated the involvement of regional/subnational authorities in EU policy formulation and implementation, thus enabling a downward shift in competencies toward subnational authorities. In this article, I argue that regional attachment facilitates support for European integration. Specifically, I show that individuals holding inclusive regional attachment sentiments perceive EU policies that result in the empowerment of subnational authorities in a positive light. In the process, these individuals are more likely to be supportive of European integration. This article's findings contribute to the literature on public opinion and European integration by exploring regionalist sources of support for European integration. Moreover, these findings contribute to the growing research on the emergence of a 'Europe of the regions.'

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-227
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Union Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • European integration
  • public opinion
  • regional attachment
  • regional policy
  • regional/subnational authorities
  • subsidiarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Demography
  • Political Science and International Relations


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