Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations


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Politicization refers to the increasing contentiousness of decision making in the process of regional integration. Research has focused on the conditions under which regional integration becomes politicized; how contestation over regional integration connects to domestic conflict; and the consequences of politicization for the speed and direction of regional integration. This article discusses left/right conflict and politicization, when an issue become politicized, and identity and politicization.

Keywords: EU; regional integration; decision making; politicization; identity

Article.  5901 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union

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