Dardanelli, Paolo (2001) The Europeanisation of Regionalisation: European Integration and Public Support for Self-Government in Scotland, 1979/1997. Queen's Papers on Europeanisation, 2001 (5). pp. 1-35. ISSN 1477-1861.
The paper addresses the question of whether and how European integration affects demands for regional self-government in states which are member of the European Union. It does so analysing the dynamics of the demand for self-government in Scotland on the basis of a comparison between 1979 and 1997. What impact did membership of the EU have on support for self-government at the two points in time? Did the process of European integration between 1979 and 1997 increase support for self-government in Scotland? Through the analysis of public opinion data drawn from a series of election and referendum studies, the paper argues that the demand for self-government in Scotland was strongly affected by the EU dimension from the mid-1980s onwards. The different result of the 1997 referendum relative to the 1979 referendum can be explained as the result of a process of Europeanisation between the two points in time. By improving the cost/benefit balance of self-government relative to the status quo, European integration indirectly raised the demand for the former. Two broader conclusions follow: that European integration impacted on the demand for self-government at mass public level through the intervening variable of political actors' strategies and that it was the single market rather than regional policy that had the strongest impact.
|Projects:||[UNSPECIFIED] European Integration and Regional Devolution: the Case of Britain, 1973-1999|
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Europe, European, European Union, EU, Europeanisation, Europeanization, Regionalisation, Regionalization, Integration, Public Support, Self-Government, Scotland, Referendum, Devolution|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
J Political Science > JZ International relations
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations|
|Depositing User:||Paolo Dardanelli|
|Date Deposited:||12 Nov 2012 16:14|
|Last Modified:||27 Mar 2013 10:26|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32151 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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