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National, popular, or neither? Sovereignty in the rassemblement national’s contestation of European integration

Lorimer, Marta ORCID: 0000-0002-9214-3898 (2023) National, popular, or neither? Sovereignty in the rassemblement national’s contestation of European integration. In: Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics. Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 165-182.

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-031-27729-0_8

Abstract

Far-right parties have been responsible for much of the politicization of sovereignty at the European level. However, the far right’s contestation of sovereignty presents a mixed picture of evolving positions and changing meanings associated with the term sovereignty. To study the dynamics of the far right’s contestation of sovereignty, this chapter presents a diachronic analysis of how the French Rassemblement National defined sovereignty in party programmes produced between 1978 and 2019. It shows how internal party composition and knowledge of the EU, domestic political competition, and transnational factors pertaining to the evolution in the shape of the EU and the international political context, prompted the RN to redefine its approach to the relationship between sovereignty and the EU, and shift from supporting ‘European autonomy’ in the 1970s and early 1980s to opposing the EU on grounds of national and popular sovereignty from the end of the 1980s onwards.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2023 13:45
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2024 19:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/119620

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