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Political Parties and Europe - An enduring dilemma

Fontanellaz, Blaise and Dardanelli, Paolo (2021) Political Parties and Europe - An enduring dilemma. In: Dardanelli, Paolo and Mazzoleni, Oscar, eds. Switzerland-EU Relations - Lessons for the UK after Brexit? Dealing with Europe . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 90-103. ISBN 978-0-367-48205-3. E-ISBN 978-1-00-303871-9. (doi:10.4324/9781003038719-8) (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) (KAR id:87270)

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This chapter maps party positions on “Europe” over the period 1989-2014. Focussing on the four main parties, the chapter shows how attitudes to the European Union vary considerably across parties and also over time. Rather than a consistent approach dictated by a shared understanding of national interests, positions appear to be determined by the economic and political preferences of the constituencies parties represent. “Europe” has proved particularly divisive for the centrist parties as well as increasingly for the left whereas it has been an ideal battle horse for the nationalist right. The chapter highlights several aspects where the experience of the Swiss parties mirrors that of their UK counterparts, thus shedding light on some likely future trajectories of the European question in British party politics.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781003038719-8
Uncontrolled keywords: Switzerland, EU, European Union, UK, United Kingdom, parties, Swiss People's Party, Socialist Party of Switzerland, Liberal Party of Switzerland, Christian Democratic Party of Switzerland, Conservative Party, Labour Party
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Paolo Dardanelli
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2021 17:02 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2021 10:48 UTC
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