Conclusion: the cyclical nature of territorial 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:
Conclusion: the cyclical nature of territorial strategies in Europe

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This chapter reviews the cyclical nature of territorial strategies in the three cases. It explains variation in responses to Europe, exploring why some parties perceived Europe as a means of advancing autonomy, whilst others viewed it as a threat. It also summarises the different interpretations of building ‘capacity’ in Europe—which has meant influence over central policy-making in Scotland, protection of competences in Bavaria, and increased resources in Sardinia. The discussion also explores parties' changing attitudes to European integration over time. In particular, it considers why parties became more Eurosceptical at the end of the 1990s. The concluding section makes more generalisable statements about territorial mobilisation in Europe by extending the model developed herein to other cases of regional mobilisation in Catalonia, Galicia, Flanders, Wales, South Tyrol and elsewhere.

Keywords: territorial strategies; European integration; autonomy; Scotland; Bavaria; Sardinia; territorial mobilisation

Chapter.  15695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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