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Has European integration gone too far? An analysis of party families’ stances on European integration

Penner, Karinna (2014) Has European integration gone too far? An analysis of party families’ stances on European integration.

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Abstract:The following paper deals with the topic of European integration and Euroscepticism. Both, of which are inevitably linked and therefore highly debatable. The European Parliament’s election in May 2014 revealed that Eurosceptic parties received a significant number of votes from citizens in the twenty-eight member states. It is therefore important to explore what member states’ parties’ stances are on European integration. How can we explain these positions and why is the assembly of different party groups in the European Parliament an important factor to do so? In order to answer these questions, the cleavage theory as famously developed by Lipset and Rokkan in 1967 is used in order to explain Western European parties’ political traditions and how they developed. It will be argued that the resemblance of parties across Europe enables one to assign them into different party families. The different party groups in the European Parliament are therefore of special interest because they resemble the party families described in the academic literature. For the reader it may thereupon be interesting to think about if European integration has gone too far or is this assumption merely the offspring of Eurosceptic debates?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65513
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