Mediating forces and the domestic polity

Brid Quinn and Bernadette Connaughton

in Europeanisation and New Patterns of Governance in Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719076206
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702932 | DOI:
Mediating forces and the domestic polity

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This chapter examines the domestic polity of Ireland and the mediating forces to Europeanisation. It outlines the key elements of Irish political and social culture and analyses the way in which these factors have moderated the Europeanisation process. The analysis reveals that the effects of Europeanisation have been filtered by Ireland's complex history, distinctive political culture, social norms, nationalistic penchants and strongly centralised political-administrative structure as well as its geographical and population size.

Keywords: domestic polity; Ireland; mediating forces; Europeanisation; political culture; social culture; social norms; nationalistic penchants; political-administrative structure

Chapter.  8531 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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