Post-accession congruence in Bulgaria and Romania: Measuring mass-elite congruence of opinions on European integration through mixed methods

Bankov, P. and Gherghina, S. (2020) Post-accession congruence in Bulgaria and Romania: Measuring mass-elite congruence of opinions on European integration through mixed methods. European Political Science, 19(4), pp. 562-572. (doi: 10.1057/s41304-020-00271-0)

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Abstract

This article proposes a mixed-methods measurement of the mass-elite congruence of opinions on the EU based on a combination of speech and survey data. It focuses on two countries (Bulgaria and Romania) that were known for their pro-European profile until their EU accession, but which faced many political difficulties afterwards. The analysis covers the 2013–2017 period that includes a great deal of these post-accession difficulties. The article illustrates how we can make meaningful comparisons between short-term, dichotomous mass, and elite attitudes with timeframes determined by non-electoral events.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bankov, Mr Petar and Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Bankov, P., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Political Science
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN:1680-4333
ISSN (Online):1682-0983
Published Online:02 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 European Consortium for Political Research
First Published:First published in European Political Science 19(4): 562-572
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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