Introduction: regional party strategies in Europe

Eve Hepburn

in Using Europe: Territorial Party Strategies in a Multi-level System

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081385
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703236 | DOI:
Introduction: regional party strategies in Europe

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This chapter introduces the main themes of the book, which are all related to looking at regional party strategies in Europe. The main focus of this book is on the variety of ways in which regional parties have responded to and used European integration in their pursuit of territorial interests. There are a number of issues that are considered in this analysis, such as regional party ‘adaptation’ to European integration and identification with the EU; the salience of the European dimension in party programmes, discourse and strategies; and party utilisation of Europe-wide networks to strengthen their interests. This chapter considers the decentralising of the state; the territorialisation of political parties; regions in an integrating Europe; the Europeanisation of political parties; multi-level governance; multi-dimensional party competition; and the framework of the analysis.

Keywords: European integration; territorial interests; party competition; political parties; multi-level governance; EU

Chapter.  10355 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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