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Party views on differentiated integration

Bellamy, Richard, Kröger, Sandra and Lorimer, Marta ORCID: 0000-0002-9214-3898 (2021) Party views on differentiated integration. Comparative European Politics, 19 (5). 622 - 641. ISSN 1472-4790

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Identification Number: 10.1057/s41295-021-00250-9


Research on differentiated integration (DI) has by and large ignored the views of political party actors on DI. Drawing on 35 semi-structured interviews with party actors from seven member states and situated across the political spectrum, we show them to regard DI as divisive and deeply political. We also identify two little explored dimensions affecting their views: namely the wealth of their member state (MS) and its prior experience of DI. Interviewees from richer MS generally favour DI more than those from poorer MS, and those from MS that have not experienced sovereignty or capacity DI welcome DI more than those from MS that have. While the former tend to see DI as allowing both opt outs for MS unwilling or unable to integrate further and enhanced cooperation for MS able and desirous of doing so, the latter fear their MS being excluded and relegated to a second-class status.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors, under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2021 17:03
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024 05:54

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