Coming in from the cold? Euroscepticism and government participation and party positions on Europe

Taggart, Paul and Szczerbiak, Aleks (2013) Coming in from the cold? Euroscepticism and government participation and party positions on Europe. Journal of Common Market Studies, 51 (1). pp. 17-37. ISSN 0021-9886

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Abstract

The focus of the article is to use the changed landscape of Euroscepticism to look broadly across a set of cases of government participation by parties holding Eurosceptical positions to examine whether government participation has an effect on their European positions and whether participation by Eurosceptic parties in government has had an effect on their European policy. In general, while there does seem to be a moderating effect of government participation on a party's Euroscepticism, there are notable cases of Eurosceptic party participation in government having some discernible impact on policy, but under somewhat specific conditions. The impact is clearly different for major and minor parties and, in the case of the latter, moderating their Euroscepticism is often a signifier of a wider process of party mainstreaming. In some cases, while parties continue to use Eurosceptic rhetoric when in office, this does not appear to translate into substantial policy change

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Professional Services > IT Services
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1395 Ireland
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1601 Austria. Hungary
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN3201 Germany
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN5201 Italy
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN5701 Netherlands
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN6615 Estonia
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN6750 Poland
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN7721 Sweden
Depositing User: Paul Taggart
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 12:43
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21246

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