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Workshop “Measuring Euroscepticism”
27 January 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Since the end of the “permissive consensus” era the scientific interest in the study of Euroscepticism grew exponentially. By now there are a multitude of studies which investigate the causes and consequence of this phenomenon from both the perspective of elites and the public, of political parties and media. In the process, a myriad of different operationalization and measurements of Euroscepticism have been developed. Studies focusing on the public mainly rely on survey data, while those focusing on political elites used a multitude of approaches, such as expert surveys, the analysis of party platforms, legislative behavior and elite interviews. Furthermore in recent years media studies and social media data have been used to simultaneously measure the phenomena across both elites and the public. Although, seemingly these studies do not greatly diverge in their conclusion about the level and consequences of Euroscepticism, what is missing is a systematic account of the relation between these different approaches. The aim of this workshop is to map the relation between different approaches of measuring Euroscepticism and thus to adopt a set of “good practices” for those who study the field. In addition, we further aim to explore the potential implications of using different measure for the study of Euroscepticism. To this aim workshop aims the workshop will bring together top scholars that study Euroscepticism from the perspective of both elites and the public, and use very different approaches in measuring the concept.