Intra-party dissent over European integration Public Deposited

Downloadable Content

Download PDF
Last Modified
  • March 21, 2019
  • Edwards, Erica Elizabeth
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • European integration is the single most divisive issue within European political parties. The post-Maastricht movement of the EU from the economic realm strongly into the political realm has galvanized political systems and has provoked deep tensions inside major parties, most recently within the French Socialists and the Dutch VVD. Despite its substantive importance, the theme of intra-party dissent has managed to skirt scholarly attention. This is particularly true with regards to divisions over European integration. Studies have typically focused on national party positioning on EU issues and on conflicts among political parties on European matters, leaving dissent within parties on the backbenches of the academic agenda. In this dissertation, I explore the nature, causes, and consequences of intra-party dissent over European integration. In particular, I address the following questions: How can one explain the variability of internal party dissent across countries, across party families, and across time? What are the consequences of this dissent for individual parties and, more broadly, for national party systems?
Date of publication
Resource type
Rights statement
  • In Copyright
  • Marks, Gary
  • Open access

This work has no parents.