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Dimensions and Alignments in European Union Politics: Cognitive Constraints and Partisan Responses. CES Working Paper, vol. 1, no. 3, 1998

Hix, Simon. (1998) Dimensions and Alignments in European Union Politics: Cognitive Constraints and Partisan Responses. CES Working Paper, vol. 1, no. 3, 1998. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    As the European Union (EU) has evolved, the study agenda has shifted from 'European integration' to 'EU politics'. Missing from this new agenda, however, is an understanding of the 'cognitive constraints' on actors, and how actors respond: i.e. the shape of the EU 'political space' and the location of social groups and competition between actors within this space. The article develops a theoretical framework for understanding the shape of the EU political space (the interaction between an Integration-Independence and a Left-Right dimension and the location of class and sectoral groups within this map), and tests this framework on the policy positions of the Socialist, Christian Democrat and Liberal party leaders between 1976 and 1994 (using the techniques of the ECPR Party Manifestos Group Project). The research finds that the two dimensions were salient across the whole period, explains why the party families converged on pro-European positions by the 1990s, and discovers the emergence of a triangular 'core' of EU politics.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: EU politics; political space.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: 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
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Wisconsin, Center for European Studies > CES Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008
    Page Range: p. 41
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8992

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