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Political parties

Paolo Dardanelli

in Between Two Unions

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780719070808
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701393 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070808.003.0006
Political parties

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This chapter analyses the evidence that proves the European dimension was crucial to party competition on self-government from 1988 to 1997. It determines that the political parties clearly identified a number of connections between the European Union and the issue of self-government for Scotland. This led to the adoption of a European dimension into their positions on self-government. It shows that the SNP served as the key actor in this dynamic, since it was the party that utilised the European Union to its fullest and effectively opened an additional dimension in the politics of self-government.

Keywords: European dimension; party competition; political parties; self-government; politics

Chapter.  7273 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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