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Politicizing European Integration: Struggling with the by Dominic Hoeglinger

By Dominic Hoeglinger

This ebook bargains a finished therapy of the well timed query of the politicization of eu integration. It exhibits how this issue's complicated linkages with conventional political divides pose a tricky problem to politicians and bring about sour framing contests approximately its genuine which means.

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We will look at each of these potential problems in turn. 6 Caused mainly by the legacy of the traditional strong linkages between political parties and newspapers, this political parallelism constitutes a potential source of bias in our data. However, the nuclear-sentence coding method is relatively robust to such distortions as only directly and indirectly cited statements from political actors are considered. All the information extracted from the newspapers – issues, positions, and frames – are clearly attributable to such an external actor’s statement.

Why are referendums in particular so powerful in shaping the European integration debate? Generally, they exert a strong agendasetting effect because they force political actors to focus on a specific issue for a certain period of time. For Kriesi (2004, 202), referendums allow for a ‘quasi-institutionalized going public’. In most countries, it is up to the governments to decide whether to call a referendum. However, once scheduled, governments cannot control the outcome, as the defeat of the Constitutional Treaty in France and the Netherlands in 2005 vividly demonstrated.

50, far from perfect. The members of each party family cluster together in those places where we would expect them. The Radical Left and the Greens are situated in the upper-left quadrant near the economic leftist and the culturally liberal GAL-pole; the Populist Radical Right is close to the culturally conservative TAN-pole and scattered along the economic axis; and the three mainstream party families are in the center. Among the mainstream parties, the Social Democrats reach out to the economic leftist and the culturally liberal GAL-pole, the Christian Democrats and Conservatives more to the culturally conservative TAN-pole, and the Liberals to the economic right pole.

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