Operationalizing national preferences on Europe and differentiated integration

Leruth, Benjamin (2015) Operationalizing national preferences on Europe and differentiated integration. Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (6). pp. 816-835. ISSN 1350-1763. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2015.1020840) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The existing literature on party and government preferences on Europe mostly focuses on the integration process as a whole. In addition, studies of party-based Euroscepticism tend to offer competing typologies that present some terminological problems. With the increase in differentiation and the potential for disintegration, it is now important to deconstruct support for European integration per policy area. Accordingly, the main purpose of this contribution is to solve problems of existing conceptualizations of e´lite-based Euroscepticism by presenting a specific operationalization of support for European integration. Based on a qualitative analysis of party documents and e´lite interviews, such operationalization focuses on policies and policy areas where differentiation takes place, using a scale ranging from full opposition to full support for integration and taking into account internal divisions. This operationalization is then applied to three Nordic countries that have experienced different levels of (differentiated) integration since the early 1990s: Finland; Sweden; and Norway. The contribution concludes that whereas existing categorizations of Euroscepticism are useful to broadly understand e´lite preferences, operationalizing support for European integration per policy area where differentiation takes place can help understand the mainstreaming of Euroscepticism and offers a more accurate way of understanding new situations where parties supporting and opposing participation in European Union policies co-exist in coalition governments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Differentiated integration; Euroscepticism; comparative politics; party politics; government; Northern Europe
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Benjamin Leruth
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 10:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 08:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47784 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Leruth, Benjamin: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1999-918X
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