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Europeanisation of National Political Parties and Party System: Case Study of Montenegro

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Komar, Olivera; Vujović, Zlatko

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Abstract The process of European integration is at the very early stages in Montenegro. However, certain influences of this process on politics at the national level can be observed, including the building of a strong consensus on integration, which is partly due to the significant influence the European Union (EU) had in the organization of the referendum on the state status of Montenegro in May 2006, as well as the special dynamic between political parties and citizens. These internal changes so far include changes in party rhetoric, mentioning the EU in party manifestos and declaring membership of it as a goal of political action. Other structural changes are less visible at the moment. Although the process of integration is at the very beginning, bearing in mind the period of time that has passed since the referendum (all other issues except the status of Montenegro as a state remained in the background until this issue was resolved), changes are happening rapidly, and one could argue that process of Europeanization of the party system might be faster in new EU accession countries.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords political parties; party system; Europeanization; European integration
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 51-70
Journal Politics in Central Europe, 3 (2007) 1+2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications