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Force Mineure? The Effects of the EU on Party Politics in a Small Country: The Case of Estonia

Sikk, A; (2009) Force Mineure? The Effects of the EU on Party Politics in a Small Country: The Case of Estonia. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics , 25 (4) 468 - 490. 10.1080/13523270903310852. Green open access

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Abstract

Assessing the first four years of EU membership on Estonian party politics indicates that following accession EU perspectives on policies and European policy specialists in small countries may remain sidelined in the decision-making processes within political parties because of the mechanical effects of small numbers of such specialists. At the same time, European parliament elections add an additional event to the electoral calendar and the novel role of MEPs has a potential to affect domestic political competition. However, the constraints posed by common policies may be weakened by the overwhelming domestic concerns of political parties as an analysis of the anatomy of the failure to adopt the single currency shows.

Type: Article
Title: Force Mineure? The Effects of the EU on Party Politics in a Small Country: The Case of Estonia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13523270903310852
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523270903310852
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics on November 25 2009, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13523270903310852.
Keywords: party politics, small countries, European Union, Europeanisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/72380
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