Domestic transnationalism and the formation of pro-European sentiments Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2016

start page

  • 457

end page

  • 481


  • 3


  • 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1465-1165

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-2757


  • Increasingly, research on attitudes towards the European project focuses on transnational practices. This article furthers the transnational approach by offering the first systematic analysis of how domestic transnationalism - i.e. transnational practices conducted in the home country - influences the formation of pro-European sentiments. We argue that domestic transnational activities foster recognition of common, transnational interests and identities that support the European integration project. Using a 2013 Eurobarometer, we show the distinct need to pay attention to domestic transnationalism. Individuals engaging in more domestic transnational activities display more pro-European sentiments in four of our five dependent variables. Moreover, the effect of domestic transnationalism is particularly intense among less-educated citizens.


  • attitudes; domestic transnationalism; europeanization; education; cross-border mobility; anti-immigrant; identity; euroscepticism; support; threat; union