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"The two referenda on Nice, the security debate in Ireland, and the limits of Europeanization"

Sweeney, Daniel R. (2003) "The two referenda on Nice, the security debate in Ireland, and the limits of Europeanization". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The rejection of the Nice Treaty in the first attempt to ratify it by referendum on June 7, 2001, was a great shock to the political establishment in Ireland, the only member state that has ratified every treaty revision by both parliamentary approval and a referendum. The shock extended beyond Ireland to the leadership of the other member states and to the applicant countries in central and Eastern Europe. The Fianna Fail-Progressive Democrats coalition government received most of the blame because they negotiated and signed the treaty and were responsible for seeing to its ratification. The ratification campaign was lackluster, unmotivated, and failed both to explain adequately the treaty and to assert the government's positions in the face of criticisms from the anti-Nice campaigners. The electorate's general disillusionment with political leaders, the complexity of the teary, and emotional appeals on immigration, the cost of enlargement, the place of small states in an enlarged Union, and perceived threats to military neutrality combined to produce a low turnout and a higher than anticipated "No" vote.

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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 > Treaty reform > Nice Treaty
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2005
    Page Range: p. 26
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2961

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