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Economic integration through the EU is unlikely to increase support for independence movements in European states

Brancati, Dawn (2014) Economic integration through the EU is unlikely to increase support for independence movements in European states. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (31 Jul 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Independence movements have gained prominence across Europe in recent decades, most notably in Scotland and Catalonia, but what impact does European integration have on this process? Dawn Brancati writes that integration through the EU has often been argued to raise the likelihood of separatism as it reduces the economic need to remain part of a larger free trade area such as the UK or Spain, while also giving an incentive to act as a smaller independent state in EU decision-making. She argues, however, that in practice this effect is limited by the fact separatism relies on pre-existing domestic factors and because the economic benefits of European integration are not always visible to citizens. Moreover, seceding states may face problems joining international organisations such as the EU post-independence, particularly when the state they have seceded from is already a member.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 09:44
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 23:28
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71858

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