Debating Europe in national parliaments : public justification and political polarization /

This book investigates recent public debates about the European Union (EU) in national parliaments, which have become the primary arena for public debate about the EU. Responding to claims about a politicization of European governance, the author investigates the link between two dimensions of debat...

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Author / Creator:Wendler, Frank.
Imprint:[Place of publication not identified] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Description:ix, 268 pages ; 22 cm
Language:English
Subject:European Union -- Public opinion.
European Union.
Political science.
Comparative government.
Legislative bodies.
Political parties.
Politics and government.
Public opinion.
European Union.
Europe -- Politics and government.
Europe.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10863642
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ISBN:9781137517265
1137517263
9781137517272
1137517271
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-263) and index.
Summary:This book investigates recent public debates about the European Union (EU) in national parliaments, which have become the primary arena for public debate about the EU. Responding to claims about a politicization of European governance, the author investigates the link between two dimensions of debate - the discursive justification and party political contestation of decision-making in the EU. Embedded in a comparison between the legislatures of four Member States (Austria, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom), the main finding of the book is that generalizable links can be identified between the use of different argumentative frames and patterns of party political polarization. These insights help to clarify the context conditions in which patterns of left/right and government/opposition politics are replaced by more atypical forms of polarization. In a comparative perspective, the author demonstrates that party political factors are a more relevant factor for variation than thematic or country-specific cultural or institutional factors. Case studies include debates on EU Treaty Reform, the Eurozone crisis, and EU enlargement.