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The "double process of habit-breaking" - A research on shifts in allegiance in Cyprus in the course of European integration

Pabst, H.F. (2011) The "double process of habit-breaking" - A research on shifts in allegiance in Cyprus in the course of European integration.

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Abstract:This study deals with shifts in allegiance in the course of European integration. Using Karl Deutsch’s model of the ‘double process of habit- breaking’, it analyses the shifts in allegiance from ethnic nationalism to Europeanism in the Cypriot population. The population is organised in two ethnic nationalist political units. One is part of the European Union Member State of the Republic of Cyprus and the other one is the non- EU Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, namely the political units are the Greek Cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot community. A newly emerging political unit is the European one which is embedding the Cypriots since 2004. The study covers the time period from 2000 to 2011, including the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU. The study uses newspaper articles, governmental statements and policy statements as artefacts to derive an interpretation on allegiance structures. The artefacts are interpreted through an ‘interpretative content analysis’. The study uses the processes of the ideal type of the ‘double process of habit- breaking’ and the elements of the sub ideal types of ethnic nationalism and Europeanism to interpret the shift in allegiance among the three political units. The research reveals a slowly and incremental ‘double process of habit- breaking’ taking place among the Cypriots of both ethnic political units. The work ends with an elaboration on the implications and the significance of the allegiance shifts for policy design of the EU.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61112
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