Guinaudeau, I., & Schnatterer, T. (2017). Measuring Public Support for European Integration across Time and Countries: The ‘European Mood’ Indicator. British Journal of Political Science, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S0007123416000776
We explain how the public mood approach overcomes the obstacle of heterogeneous data and enables researchers to track public preferences towards European integration across all member states from 1973 to 2014. Our bi-annual “European mood”, computed for each member state, provides an instrument for future comparative research on European politics, enhances scholars’ independence from the availability of individual survey items, and reduces uncertainty about the quality of findings linked to the use of single indicators.