Event Title

Personality, Trust and Beliefs in People’s Attitudes toward EU Membership

Session

Political Science

Description

Whereas the role of personality traits, trust and beliefs have long been argued to impact people’s political attitudes, only recently have scholars of EU integration have begun taking them into considerations while trying to explain those attitudes. We try to explain such attitudes using as key independent variables two core characteristic, Optimism and Extraversion, and two surface characteristics, trust in politicians and beliefs about human nature. Our finding would be important in both filling literature gaps in this topic, but also to help politicians take into account such individual features when they both read public opinions related to attitudes toward the EU, and when they tailor policies aimed at deepening and widening the Union. We found evidence that Optimism, trust in politicians and beliefs that humans are inherently good positively impact people’s support for EU membership. However, we were not able to find evidence that Extraversion plays any role in such attitudes. We test our hypotheses with multilevel regression analysis of public opinion data gathered in Albania and Kosovo in 2017.

Keywords:

Personality, Trust, Beliefs, EU integration

Session Chair

Lulzim Peci

Session Co-Chair

Labinot Greiçevci & Ylber Sela

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-69-1

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

27-10-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 3:00 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2018.403

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Personality, Trust and Beliefs in People’s Attitudes toward EU Membership

Pristina, Kosovo

Whereas the role of personality traits, trust and beliefs have long been argued to impact people’s political attitudes, only recently have scholars of EU integration have begun taking them into considerations while trying to explain those attitudes. We try to explain such attitudes using as key independent variables two core characteristic, Optimism and Extraversion, and two surface characteristics, trust in politicians and beliefs about human nature. Our finding would be important in both filling literature gaps in this topic, but also to help politicians take into account such individual features when they both read public opinions related to attitudes toward the EU, and when they tailor policies aimed at deepening and widening the Union. We found evidence that Optimism, trust in politicians and beliefs that humans are inherently good positively impact people’s support for EU membership. However, we were not able to find evidence that Extraversion plays any role in such attitudes. We test our hypotheses with multilevel regression analysis of public opinion data gathered in Albania and Kosovo in 2017.