The Role Of Normative Ideas About Eu Integration Within A Time Where The Euroscepticism Is Continuously Increasing Across Eu Member

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Introduction
This study will investigate the theoretical role of normative ideas about EU integration in a time where the euroscepticism is continuously increasing across EU member states. Furthermore, I want to examine how these ideas require alternative approaches to quantitative empirical research on the topic, especially when applied to large-scale cross-national surveys. This includes how the research design must be able to capture the required processes leading towards the realisation of a normative theory in EU context, as well as how considerations about the epistemological basis for probability theory and statistics are of a major concern. Consequently, my goal is to apply Bayesian hierarchical modelling on the European Social Survey from 2002-2014 in order to investigate a set of specific hypotheses derived from the normative theory presented by Habermas.
Background and context
Integration in the European Union is an everlasting field of interest for social and political scientists. In consequence, recent events such as the economic crisis and the latest EU elections have fostered heated debates around the legitimising basis of the EU, and whether the so-called democratic deficit indicates an upcoming EU downfall. In this case, the concept of integration within the EU becomes highly relevant, as is generates questions such as: ‘What binds the European citizens together?’ and ‘What constitutes the EU and what should it look like?’. Here, there seems to be

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