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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 (2004) Proximate factors in the mobilisation of anti-EU groups in France and the UK: the European Union as first-order politics In: European Consortium of Political Research 2nd Pan-European Conference on European Union Politics, 24-26 June 2004, Bologna, Italy.

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Abstract

The European Union is typically conceived of a second-order phenomenon in domestic politics; ‘European’ referenda, elections, etc are actually a function of domestic/national issues. However, in the case of anti-EU groups it is apparent that they are formed primarily as a direct result of European events. This paper provides a comprehensive taxonomy of proximate factors in such groups’ mobilisation, 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 response to European events. The reasons for this are discussed and explained, as are the limitations of this view of the EU as first-order politics

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Usherwood, SimonS.Usherwood@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2004
Uncontrolled Keywords : European Union Politics Euroscepticism France UK
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Jul 2017 15:47
Last Modified : 28 Jul 2017 15:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/764389

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