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Title: People mobility and European Union legitimacy : the effect of the 'Erasmus' student exchange programme on European identity and EU support
Author: Sigalas, Emmanuel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 4162
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2008
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The legitimacy of the EU depends partly on the existence of a European identity, but such an identity remains confined to a minority of the European population. According to the theory of Karl Deutsch, cross-border people mobility could lead to an international identity. Similarly, the psychologist Gordon Allport maintained that personal contact can improve inter-group relations. The thesis tests empirically the potential of people mobility within the European Union to foster a European identity and EU support. It focuses on the ERASMUS student mobility, because compared to other forms of mobility it is more likely to deliver a positive outcome, it is funded by the EU, it moves more than 150,000 European students annually and because ERASMUS was founded specifically to disseminate a European identity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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