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Context and Contingency: Constitutional Nationalists and Europe

James Mitchell and Michael Cavanagh

in Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199242146
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599651 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242143.003.0012
 Context and Contingency: Constitutional Nationalists and Europe

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Compares the European policies of three constitutional nationalist parties in the UK: the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru (Wales), and the Social and Democratic Labour Party (Northern Ireland). It shows how each has, in different ways, used EU integration strategically and tactically to advance its claims. This seeming paradox, of nationalist parties supporting institutions that aim to remove power from the nation, can be explained in a number of ways, all involving some degree of redefinition of the nature of nationalism in the context of globalization.

Keywords: European Union; globalization; nationalism; Northern Ireland; Plaid Cymru; Scotland; Scottish National Party; Social and Democratic Labour Party; UK; Wales

Chapter.  7313 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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