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Party Stances in the Referendums on the EU Constitution : Causes and Consequences of Competition and Collusion


Crum, Ben


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Abstract This article examines political party behaviour around the referendums on the EU Constitutional Treaty in 2005. Starting from the presumption that this behaviour needs to be analysed in the light of the domestic government-opposition dynamics, a set of hypotheses on the causes and consequences of party behaviour in EU Treaty referendums is developed and reviewed for the EU member states in which a referendum was held or anticipated. As it turns out, with the exception of some right-conservative parties, all mainstream parties endorsed the Constitutional Treaty. However, because significant proportions of opposition party supporters are bound to go to the ‘No’ side, government parties are eventually crucial in securing a majority in favour of EU Treaty revisions.
Thesaurusschlagwörter opposition
Klassifikation politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur; Europapolitik
Freie Schlagwörter EU Constitutional Treaty; party; referendums; strategies;
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe S. 61-82
Zeitschriftentitel European Union Politics, 8 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1465116507073286
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)