The influence of gender on attitudes towards the EU among the Polish 'winners of European integration'

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This paper investigates the role of gender in shaping attitudes towards the European Union (EU) among young people living in Polish cities-the so-called 'winners of European integration'. Previously, little attention has been given to gender as an influence on views on the EU. Most studies apply the gender-based perspective on Western Europe, while Central and Eastern European countries remain understudied. Based on theories on public opinion, I employ a mixed-methods approach, conducting a survey among 815 MA students living in Polish cities, followed by 27 semi-structured interviews. This analysis of gender-related attitudes towards the EU offers nuanced insights into transitions within post-communist societies. My findings posit that the sampled well-educated women are more likely to support EU integration than men. Education, gender-based individual cost-benefit analyses, and the perceptions of national politics are possible explanations for the positive attitudes towards the EU among the sampled women.

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Favero, A. (2020). The influence of gender on attitudes towards the EU among the Polish “winners of European integration.” European Political Science Review, 12(1), 19–34. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755773919000304

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