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"The British Labour Party from Kinnock to Blair: Europeanism and Europeanization"

Featherstone, Kevin. (1999) "The British Labour Party from Kinnock to Blair: Europeanism and Europeanization". In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    This paper considers the 'Europeanization' of the Labour Party and the response of the party to the demands of European Union (EU) membership. The shift of the Labour Party to a much more positive EU stance has been one of the most significant developments in British party politics in the last fifteen years. Moreover, the acceptance of the European commitment has itself produced an important dynamic behind wider policy changes (Holden, 1999). Yet, the shift on Europe is all the more remarkable given that the Labour Party in the early 1980s appeared to be one of the least likely candidates in the then EC to be 'Europeanized.' Its problems in steering a united and consistent position on the major questions of European integration are well known. Nevertheless, the Blair Government today is the most pro-European administration to be found in London since Heath first took Britain into the EC in 1973.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Countries > U.K.
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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