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"Ideological Factors in Party Alignments on the EU: A Comparison of Three Cases"

Flood, Christopher, and Underwood, Simon. (2007) "Ideological Factors in Party Alignments on the EU: A Comparison of Three Cases". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    This paper adopts a qualitative approach to describing and analysing party ideological and policy alignments towards EU integration. The focus is on three conservative parties which share broadly similar topographical locations on the centre-right in their respective countries. The cases of the Conservative party in the UK, the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire in France and Prawo i Sprawiedliwość in Poland are compared here, using a range of sources internal and external to the parties. While ideology and policy do not exist in a vacuum, but in constant interplay with a broad range of institutional and contextual factors, these other variables are largely bracketed out for present purposes in order to concentrate on the ideological and policy dimensions in their own right. In this meso-level analysis the focus is on the relationship between core ideological values, ideologically coloured understandings of national and international environments, general posture towards EU integration, and positions on specific institutions, processes or policies. It is argued that the degree of variation between the parties revealed even at this intermediate level of detail is a useful counterbalance to the inevitably reductive categorisations and generalisations drawn in macro-level comparative studies.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Countries > Poland
    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 > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2008
    Page Range: p. 37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:50

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