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Kulturen im Dialog IV - Culture in Dialogo IV - Cultures in Dialogue IV

Viertes JungakademikerInnen-Forum in Südtirol. Quarto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige. Fourth Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol

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Annemarie Profanter

JungakademikerInnen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete haben sich mit der Idee den interdisziplinären sowie interkulturellen wissenschaftlichen Dialog zu fördern ans Werk gemacht und setzen sich in ihren Beiträgen mit internationalen Fragen beziehungsweise regionalen Themen auseinander.

Neolaureati di diverse facoltà con l’idea di promuovere il dialogo interdisciplinare come anche quello scientifico interculturale si sono dati da fare e trattano nelle loro opere questioni internazionali ossia temi regionali.

In an aim to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialog young graduates of diverse disciplines have tackled the task of intensive investigation into "cultures in dialogue". In their contributions they deal with questions about international and regional issues.

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Insights into Euroscepticism in the UK: An Analytical Approach to Individual and Country-Specific Characteristics (David Hardt)

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David Hardt

Insights into Euroscepticism in the UK:An Analytical Approach to Individual and Country-Specific Characteristics

Abstract The article focuses on the UK’s high degree of Euroscepticism in comparison to the average of the European Union. Being based on previous analyses, the goal is to gain insight into individual characteristics (occupation, age, education) and to uncover differences or similarities that may be related to the UK’s relatively high objection to increased European integration. First, the results of the data analyses will be presented. Second, the UK’s distinguishing features will be considered under sociocultural dimensions such as historical, geographical, economic, political and informational elements and their potential as driving forces of Euroscepticism will be discussed. The contribution concludes by pointing out that, according to the sample data, the individual characteristics cannot explain the UK’s high level of Euroscepticism. Only the existence of the phenomenon within the sample could be shown. The UK and the EU15 rather move in line with the UK having a constantly higher level of Euroscepticism. This may be explained by the country-specific factors, identified as relevant in general opinion forming processes and with regard to Euroscepticism, they tend to rather stimulate attitudes opposed to European integration in the UK.

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