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“The Europeanisation of Political Parties: The Case of the Irish Labour Party”

Moxon-Browne, Edward. (1999) “The Europeanisation of Political Parties: The Case of the Irish Labour Party”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    This paper considers the “Europeanisation” of the Irish Labour Party between Ireland’s entry into the European Community in 1973 and the early months of 1999. After a short discussion of the meaning of the term “Europeanisation” we place the Labour Party in the context of the Irish party system: the party’s origins, and the nature of its support base, make it distinctive within Ireland, and within the broader family of social democratic parties to which it belongs. The main corpus of the paper examines the Labour Party as an actor in the process of Europeanisation: here the argument is that participation in government compelled the party leadership to realign itself more closely to European policies and assumptions. A discussion of rank and file opinion serves to illustrate the convergence between elite and mass opinion in the party, as well as between Labour and the other parties. Finally, some conclusions are drawn which may have implications for Europeanisation in other party systems as in Ireland.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Ireland
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    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: 07 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 10
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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