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Centre-left parties and the European Union, power, accountability, and democracy, Isabelle Hertner

Label
Centre-left parties and the European Union, power, accountability, and democracy, Isabelle Hertner
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [170]-196) and index
Main title
Centre-left parties and the European Union
Oclc number
991091512
Responsibility statement
Isabelle Hertner
Sub title
power, accountability, and democracy
Summary
Does European integration contribute to, or even accelerate, the erosion of intra-party democracy? This book analyses the impact of European Union (EU) membership on power dynamics, focusing on the British Labour Party, the French Socialist Party (PS), and the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). Utilising a principal-agent framework, it investigates who within the parties determines EU policies and selects EU specialists. Drawing on original interviews with EU experts from Labour, the PS, the SPD and the Party of European Socialists (PES), as well as an e-mail questionnaire, this book reveals that European policy has remained in the hands of the party leadership. The study also suggests that the party grassroots are interested in the EU, but that interest rarely translates into influence. As regards the selection of EU specialists, this book highlights that the parties' processes are highly political, often informal, and in some cases, undemocratic
Table Of Contents
Centre-left parties and the European Union -- Labour, the PS, and SPD: organising for multi-level governance -- The European policies of the Labour Party, the PS, and the SPD -- Principals, agents, and the delegation of power inside political parties -- Cheerleaders or players? Centre-left parties on the ground and the EU -- Lions or toothless tigers? The parties in central office and the EU -- Winners or losers? The parties in public office and the EU -- Centre-left parties and the European Union: what next?
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