The attitudinal assimilation of Europe by the Conservative parliamentary party

Webb, Paul (2008) The attitudinal assimilation of Europe by the Conservative parliamentary party. British Politics, 3 (4). pp. 427-444. ISSN 1746-918X

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Abstract

This paper demonstrates the apparent assimilation of the European issue by the Conservative parliamentary party between 1997 and 2005. It does this through a cluster analysis of British Representation Survey data, which allows an assessment of the impact of Europe on the attitudinal cohesion of the party. This confirms the widespread impression that the Conservatives seem to have absorbed this issue and thus staved off the threat of internal fragmentation that once loomed over them. It is argued, however, that the potential for future intra-party conflict around this cleavage cannot be dismissed. Electoral recovery and a return to national governmental office hold the potential to re-open divisions over Europe.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Europe, parties, attitudinal cohesion
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Paul Webb
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:19
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 14:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25436
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