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Party elites and the domestic discourse on the EU

Nicolò Conti

in The Europe of Elites

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602315
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602315.003.0009

Series: IntUne


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This chapter examines the attitudes of the party central office towards the EU through a study of their Euromanifestos. The analysis allows us to assess the level of congruence between the attitudes of this particular face of the party organization and those of the party public office holders as documented in the other chapters through a survey of MPs. Results of this comparison show that the structure of the European discourse of the party central office is different from that of MPs. While MPs’ attitudes are multidimensional, parties take a hierarchical stance towards the EU with its functional aspects of institutional capacity and policy making foremost, and with more symbolic elements of identity less salient. On the other hand, regarding the trajectory of the attitudes, the Euromanifesto data and the data on MPs are highly congruent.

Keywords: attitudes; domestic discourse; Euroscepticism; Euromanifestos; party central office; party public office; identity; representation; scope of governance

Chapter.  7481 words. 

Subjects: European Union ; Comparative Politics

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