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By Anwen Elias

Different survey-based and case learn study has proven that, because the Eighties, minority nationalist events became more and more supportive of eu integration. in spite of the fact that, this account of minority nationalist celebration attitudes in the direction of Europe is challenging in different respects. This ebook makes an enormous contribution to the tutorial literature via venture a comparative research of the attitudes of minority nationalist events in the direction of ecu integration. the quantity provides:

  • A systematic research of the ways that minority nationalist social gathering attitudes in the direction of ecu integration have advanced from 1979 to 2005.
  • Original empirical information on hitherto under-researched minority nationalist events in Wales, Galicia and Corsica.
  • Major new insights into the eu attitudes of minority nationalist events.

This booklet demanding situations the final assumption within the educational literature that the minority nationalist occasion kinfolk will constantly be pro-European and demonstrates the way it has to be revised in gentle of the proof supplied by way of this research. it will likely be of sturdy curiosity to scholars and students drawn to minority nationalism, the Europeanisation of political events, comparative examine on neighborhood politics and in modern debates approximately nationalism.

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Since the majority of west European party families are categorised according to their position along the left–right cleavage, the response of such parties is to squeeze European issues into the left–right axis of conflict. 9 Left-wing parties have generally become more proEuropean over time, as the EU has increasingly been perceived to offer opportunities for achieving social democratic goals such as greater equality, increased welfare spending and market regulation. In contrast, right-wing parties have historically demonstrated higher levels of support for European integration based on advancements in market liberalisation.

Changes in the relative importance of these different spheres of competition may lead to corresponding changes in the nature and degree of influence exerted on the European attitudes of a minority nationalist party. Public attitudes towards European integration Even if a party has clear political space on the European issue vis-à-vis its partisan competitors, it would make little sense to pursue such a policy if it had little appeal to the electorate that the party is targeting. Empirical studies have shown that when one party has a clear-cut advantage on an issue with regard to popular appeal, it regularly emphasises that issue, while another party which does not have such an advantage will prefer to focus on another policy issue where it does have a clear advantage (Riker, 1993).

To the extent that minority nationalist parties have new politics propensities – towards the radical right or towards the ecological left – then these ideological values are expected to influence their European attitudes in similar ways. To summarise, this section has argued that the ideological convictions that constrain minority nationalist party positioning in domestic political arenas will also constrain party positioning on the issue of European integration. , 2002: 985). Given that party ideology and values are features of a party’s identity that have evolved gradually over time, the influence of basic ideology is expected to be an enduring determinant of minority nationalist party attitudes towards European integration.

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