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Party views on differentiated integration

Bellamy, R; Kröger, S; Lorimer, M; (2021) Party views on differentiated integration. Comparative European Politics , 19 pp. 622-641. 10.1057/s41295-021-00250-9. Green open access

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Research on differentiated integration (DI) has by and large ignored the views of political party actors on DI. Drawing on 35 semi-structured interviews with party actors from seven member states and situated across the political spectrum, we show them to regard DI as divisive and deeply political. We also identify two little explored dimensions affecting their views: namely the wealth of their member state (MS) and its prior experience of DI. Interviewees from richer MS generally favour DI more than those from poorer MS, and those from MS that have not experienced sovereignty or capacity DI welcome DI more than those from MS that have. While the former tend to see DI as allowing both opt outs for MS unwilling or unable to integrate further and enhanced cooperation for MS able and desirous of doing so, the latter fear their MS being excluded and relegated to a second-class status.

Type: Article
Title: Party views on differentiated integration
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41295-021-00250-9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41295-021-00250-9
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Differentiated integration, European Union, Political parties, Sovereignty, Domination
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133417
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