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"Reframing a National Narrative of European Integration: The Shifting Contours of the Dutch European Debate"

Harmsen, Robert. (2007) "Reframing a National Narrative of European Integration: The Shifting Contours of the Dutch European Debate". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the principal contributions to debates surrounding European integration which have appeared in the Netherlands since the country’s rejection of the European Constitutional Treaty in June 2005. Party progammatic statements, the results of public consultation exercises, the principal governmental advisory reports, and the policy statements of the recently formed Balkenende IV government are all surveyed. A picture emerges of a clearly defined national discourse on Europe, informed by what is presently termed a ‘limits of Europe’ approach. Strongly emphasising the principle of subsidiarity, this approach is primarily concerned with delimiting both the substantive and the geographical reach of the European Union, though recognising that selective expansion may be desirable. This distinctive, national framing of European issues is then further placed in comparative perspective, suggesting the particular difficulties which may have to be faced by Dutch political elites as they embark upon a new round of treaty reform negotiations.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > Constitution for Europe
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
    Countries > Netherlands
    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 > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 06 May 2008
    Page Range: p. 24
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:50
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7896

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