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Peer Scheepers

Peer Scheepers is a Full Professor of Comparative Methodology (since 2001) in the Department of Sociology. He also serves as Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (since 2014). He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2004) and a member of Academia Europaea (since 2015). He has published extensively in international journals in the domains of sociology, political science, communication science, psychology and medical science. He has successfully guided more than 30 PhD candidates in several faculties. His work has been frequently cited in relevant literature.

Changes in Nationalism Among Citizens of Western and Eastern European Countries? Empirical Findings from a Longitudinal and Cross-National Perspective

Authors: Marcel Coenders, Marcel Lubbers, Peer Scheepers

In this contribution, we set out to analyse cross-national trends in nationalism. Due to economic adversity, mass migration, increasing migrant diversity and the rise of extremist right-wing political parties in the public discourses, nationalism may have shifted over time. We build upon these previous theoretical and empirical studies and analyse how nationalism has developed over time in a large number of Western and Eastern European countries.  We address the following research questions: (1) what are the cross-national trends in nationalism? (2) what are the individual and national characteristics that explain (changes in) nationalism across countries?

The availability of repeated cross-national surveys offers a unique opportunity to theoretically and empirically address the question of changing patterns of nationalism. We take advantage of high-quality data from the three modules on national identity (1995, 2003 and 2013) collected in the framework of the International Social Survey Program.  In our analyses, we test for cross-cultural and over-time equivalence of measurement instruments and apply multi-level analyses to investigate the role of individual and contextual determinants of nationalism.