How European Union politicization can emerge through contestation: the constitution case

Statham, Paul and Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2013) How European Union politicization can emerge through contestation: the constitution case. Journal of Common Market Studies, 51 (5). pp. 965-980. ISSN 0021-9886

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Abstract

This article takes the European Union's constitution-making as a case study to examine 'how' politicization can emerge through contestation by political actors in response to political opportunities. It advances understanding of the conditions and processes through which politicization emerges by undertaking empirical analysis. The primary data source is an original sample of political actors' claims-making over European integration issues retrieved from news samples in France, Germany and Britain during the constitution event (2000-05). Main tenets of prominent theories on politicization are unpacked and tested in relation to the evidence from the claims-making analysis. The findings demonstrate the transformative impact of the French referendum as a specific opportunity: politicization was largely restricted to internal national contestation by French actors; political party competition was the prominent contestation form; and the Socialists mobilized against the constitution by advocating 'Social Europe'. This transformed the political space by introducing competition over Europe into the party system's core.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
Depositing User: Paul Statham
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2013 13:14
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2013 13:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45969
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