Public opinion and the future of the EU

Aubrey Westfall’s, “European Reform from the Bottom Up? The Presence and Effects of Cosmopolitan Values in German Public Opinion,” has been published in print in Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered: Jürgen Habermas, Germany and the European Union. The paper examines several years of public opinion data in Germany as a test case for the existence of individual cosmopolitanism and solidarity. This examination is based on Habermas’s previous argument that the future of the European Union rests in its ability to embrace cosmopolitan democracy. It provides some empirical support for his assertion that cosmopolitan values exist and are spreading, and that they are significantly associated with support for European integration.

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