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Title: Overlapping regional integration arrangements and continent-wide union : modelling public support
Author: Knowles, Josie
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 7301
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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Shifts in attention towards regional governance across the globe have contributed to a diverging gap between decision-makers and citizens. There is a scholarly focus on the European example of regional integration - the European Union - given the particularly advanced stage of integration which the EU has achieved. Attitude formation literature on the topic of regional integration is therefore EU-centric and provides evidence-based discussion regarding EU legitimacy alone. In this thesis, 1 demonstrate the generic applicability of EU-derived opinion formation theory for an investigation of public support in a very different, developing world context. More pertinently, 1 grapple with sub-continental and continent-wide regional integration efforts which are fundamental to a non-EU approach towards continent-wide unity and demonstrate the importance of these dynamics for an investigation of public support. 1 focus on the African ‘building block’ context as an illustrative case-study. 1 specify three discrete approaches to provide an enhanced understanding of citizen support for regional integration in the African ‘building block’ context. Crucially, 1 demonstrate attitude formation models to investigate a) support for a sub-continental ‘building block’ of African unity; b) support for overlapping ‘building blocks’ of African unity and c) the relationship between support for ‘building block’ organisations and support for a continent-­wide regional integration organisation. 1 operationalise these models of public support utilising original and existing Tanzanian data. 1 derive a rather specific discussion from each model which relates to the perceived legitimacy of regional integration arrangements among a Tanzanian population. The increasing ceding of power to sub-continental and continent-wide integration arrangements in other regions of the world implies the broader significance of this thesis. By drawing attention to the interplay of multiple regional integration arrangements from a public opinion perspective, we can provide valuable evidence-based debate regarding the legitimacy of rather ‘distant’ decision-makers cores for populations more widely.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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