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Cross-cutting issues, intraparty dissent and party strategy: The issue of European integration in the House of Commons

Författare och institution:
Eitan Tzelgov (Statsvetenskapliga institutionen)
Publicerad i:
European Union Politics, 15 ( 1 ) s. 3-23
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
When do legislative opposition parties use wedge issues to attack the government? In this article, I focus on the issue of European integration and its impact on party strategy in the 1992-1997 British House of Commons. Utilizing both voting and rhetorical data, the analysis reveals that both government and opposition were split on the issue, and thus the opposition was not able to use it. This, I argue, stems from the complexity of the issue, i.e. the fact that it combines redistributive cleavages with pre- and post-material ones, which cannot be suppressed by party leaders. The results demonstrate the importance of taking into consideration both the government's and the opposition's cohesion in modeling party strategies. Further, the combination of voting and rhetorical data adds to our understanding of the dimensionality and structure of partisan ideologies in Europe.We have won more elections than any party in Britain because we are the most united and the most determined party in Britain. Over the same period Labour has been the most divided and the most undisciplined party. That is why they have lost, and lost, and lost, and lost again. Sir Norman Fowler, Conservative Party Chairman, 1992 Party Conference. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions:
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
cross-cutting, Euroskepticism, opposition, text-analysis, Wedge issues
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2014-02-26 10:28
Posten ändrad:
2014-04-11 13:20

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