Euroscepticism in Contemporary British Politics

This history of Euroscepticism gives an insight into the domestic context underpinning Britain's troubled relationship with its European partners as well as the party struggle since 1945.

Author: Anthony Forster

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415287319

Category: Political Science

Page: 169

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This history of Euroscepticism gives an insight into the domestic context underpinning Britain's troubled relationship with its European partners as well as the party struggle since 1945.

The Conservative Party and Europe

Former Conservative Member of the European Parliament Ben Patterson explores the complex relationship between the Conservative Party and what started out as the Common Market and has ended up as today's European Union.

Author: Ben Patterson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0956450873

Category: European Union countries

Page: 404

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Former Conservative Member of the European Parliament Ben Patterson explores the complex relationship between the Conservative Party and what started out as the Common Market and has ended up as today's European Union. He shows a relationship with Europe that was always ambivalent - Churchill famously called for a "United States of Europe" but the counter-pull of Empire and alliance with America were strong in the post-war period - but ultimately led to Macmillan applying to join the EEC. Edward Heath faced down residual anti-Common Market sentiment in his own party and the country at large, leading Britain to membership in 1973, a result convincingly confirmed by referendum in 1975. The party's relationship with Europe was frequently abrasive under Margaret Thatcher, but support for Britain's actively engaged membership remained strong within Tory ranks, buoyed by Thatcher's success on the British rebate and the progress to the single market, much favoured by all strands of opinion in the party. Over the last two decades, however, there has been a steady erosion of the old mainstream centrist pro-Europeanism of the party as Euroscepticism has moved from the disruptive fringe, which so undermined the Major premiership, to influence ever more sections of party opinion. In the process relations with what would otherwise be allied centre-right parties in Europe have become frayed and Britain a more peripheral player in the formulation of EU policy.

Europeanisation and Party Politics

This book covers a range of contemporary topics: party systems, policy stances of political parties, opposition/co-operation over European integration, cleavage theory of party response to European integration, domestic depoliticisation and ...

Author: Erol Külahci

Publisher: ECPR Press

ISBN: 9781907301841

Category: Political Science

Page: 228

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A sophisticated theoretical framework and up-to-date analysis of the Europeanisation of domestic party systems and political parties' policy stances. This book covers a range of contemporary topics: party systems, policy stances of political parties, opposition/co-operation over European integration, cleavage theory of party response to European integration, domestic depoliticisation and EU representation. It presents a sophisticated political analysis of Europe, and an exceptional amount of factual information about European countries and parties.

Why the Europe Question remains intractable for the Conservative Party despite leave

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2017 in the subject Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 1st Class Honours, University of Ulster, language: English, abstract: The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 heralded an era of the intensification of ...

Author: Joshua Norton

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783668751989

Category: Political Science

Page: 44

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2017 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: European Union, grade: 1st Class Honours, University of Ulster, language: English, abstract: The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 heralded an era of the intensification of European integration which served to amplify divisions within the Conservative Party. Using the case studies of John Major and David Cameron’s respective grapples with party division over Europe, this study looks at the intractability of the so-called ‘Europe Question’ for the Conservative Party. Policies of party management adopted by both Major and Cameron have proven to be unsuccessful, ultimately leading to an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union which was won by the leave campaign on 23rd June 2016. This study argues that the divisions over the ‘Europe Question’ within the Conservative Party have become increasingly ideological and will therefore persist following the referendum in relation to the nature of the Brexit negotiations and the nature of the UK’s new relationship with Europe.

The Making of Eurosceptic Britain

The book examines the extent to which Euroscepticism has become dominant within both the Conservative leadership and the bulk of its parliamentary party and how this has affected the relationship of the coalition government with the ...

Author: Chris Gifford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000152227

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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What has been the political impact of the Eurozone Debt Crisis in the UK? To what extent have the bank collapses and bailouts reinforced Britain’s Eurosceptic trajectory? In this revised and updated second edition Chris Gifford addresses these key questions reflecting on the Labour government’s approach to Europe while exploring the extensive mobilisation of Eurosceptic forces in opposition to the Conservative-led coalition government. The book examines the extent to which Euroscepticism has become dominant within both the Conservative leadership and the bulk of its parliamentary party and how this has affected the relationship of the coalition government with the European Union. By placing current attitudes to Europe in relation to the wider history of Britain’s post war interaction with its continental neighbours the author shows how British Euroscepticism is structural in nature and a persistent and institutionalised feature of UK Politics.

The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism

Bringing together a collection of essays by established and up-and-coming authors in the field, this handbook paints a fuller, more holistic picture of the extent to which the Eurosceptic debate has influenced the EU and its member states.

Author: Benjamin Leruth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315463995

Category: Political Science

Page: 486

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Since the advent of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, a key turning point in terms of the crystallisation of opposition towards the European Union (EU), Euroscepticism has become a transnational phenomenon. The term ‘Euroscepticism’ has become common political language in all EU member states and, with the advent of the Eurozone, refugee and security crises have become increasingly ‘embedded’ within European nation states. Bringing together a collection of essays by established and up-and-coming authors in the field, this handbook paints a fuller, more holistic picture of the extent to which the Eurosceptic debate has influenced the EU and its member states. Crucially, it also focuses on what the consequences of this development are likely to be for the future direction of the European project. By adopting a broad-based, thematic approach, the volume centres on theory and conceptualisation, political parties, public opinion, non-party groups, the role of referendums – and the media – and of scepticism within the EU institutions. It also reflects on the future of Euroscepticism studies following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU. Containing a full range of thematic contributions from eminent scholars in the field, The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism is a definitive frame of reference for academics, practitioners and those with an interest in the debate about the EU, and more broadly for students of European Studies, EU and European Politics.

The Conservative Party and European Integration Since 1945

This is a comprehensive political history of the Conservative Party's attitudes and policies towards Europe and the European Union.

Author: N. J. Crowson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: STANFORD:36105122858348

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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This is a comprehensive political history of the Conservative Party's attitudes and policies towards Europe and the European Union.

The Making of Eurosceptic Britain

The continued Euroscepticism of the Conservative party however did not halt UKIP which successfully secured 12 MEPs in the 2004 European parliament elections. Ironically, its policy of complete withdrawal from the EU has allowed a ...

Author: Chris Gifford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351146067

Category: Political Science

Page: 286

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Offering a radical interpretation of a major political issue, Chris Gifford moves beyond existing narrative and institutional accounts of Britain and Europe to present a theoretically coherent and unique perspective on this troubled relationship. He acknowledges that populist Euroscepticism has become fundamental to constituting Britain and 'Britishness' in a post-imperial context, despite membership of the European Union. Organized chronologically, this interesting study provides lucid overviews of key periods in the British-European Union relationship. It combines political economy with political identity to illustrate how forms of Euroscepticism have become embedded across the British political class and culture. The book focuses not on outlining history or the impact of British integration on British institutions, but on the ways in which elite behaviour towards European integration should be analyzed as practices and discourses that use Euroesceptism to construct Britain and distinctive British political projects.

The Rise of New Labour

This work explores the emergence of New Labour from the ruins of old Labour's four successive defeats by the Conservatives.

Author: Anthony Francis Heath

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199245109

Category: Law

Page: 198

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This work explores the emergence of New Labour from the ruins of old Labour's four successive defeats by the Conservatives. Based on the British Election Surveys, the book explores some of the key questions about contemporary British elections and the factors that decide their outcomes.