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Proximate factors in the mobilisation of anti-EU groups in France and the UK: the European Union as first-order politics

Usherwood, Simon (2007) Proximate factors in the mobilisation of anti-EU groups in France and the UK: the European Union as first-order politics Journal of European Integration, 29 (1). pp. 3-21.

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Abstract

Events relating to the European Union are typically conceived of as being a ‘second-order’ phenomenon in domestic politics; ‘European’ referenda, elections, etc. are first and foremost a function of domestic/national issues. However, in the case of anti-EU groups it is apparent that they are formed primarily as a result of European events. This paper provides a comprehensive taxonomy of proximate factors in such groups’ mobilization, using the otherwise contrasting examples of France and the UK. Consideration is taken of non-party groups, intra-party factions and parties, in order to ensure a complete overview. In both countries, almost all groups either form or become anti-EU in nature in proximate response to European events. The reasons for this are discussed and explained, as are the limitations of this view of the EU as firstorder politics.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Usherwood, SimonS.Usherwood@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 5 February 2007
Identification Number : 10.1080/07036330601144177
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of European Integration on 5 Feb 2007, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07036330601144177
Uncontrolled Keywords : European Union Politics
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Jul 2017 15:52
Last Modified : 28 Jul 2017 15:52
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/764382

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