English title: How Denationalization Divides Elites and Citizens

Author(s): Celine Teney - Marc Helbling -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


Based on a unique survey among members of top level elites in eleven fields of activity in Germany, we investigate (1) elite-mass opinion incongruence and (2) the polarization of elites’ positions on four contested denationalization issues. Our results show that the elite-mass attitudinal gap is significant for items directly tapping support for the further opening up of national borders, even when controlling for education, age, gender, place of residence, and political orientation. By contrast, elites across different fields of activity hold rather consensual positions on the issues of denationalization explored in the survey. Transnational networking and transnational mobility are not significantly associated with attitudes toward these issues. Elites with a strong supranational identity are significantly more strongly in favor of opening up borders to immigrants and increasing aid to developing countries.

Volume: 43

Issue: 4

From page no: 258

To page no: 271

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Zeitschrift für Soziologie

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