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Europeisering och politisk integration av nationella politiska partier: En studie av Vänsterpartiets och Miljöpartiets utveckling i synen på det europeiska samarbetet 1987-2010
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Europeanization and political integration of national political parties. : A case study on the development of EU-policy in the Swedish Green party and the Swedish Left Party 1987-2010 (English)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines if European integration has had an impact on national political parties by looking at the stances of the Swedish Green Party and the Left Party on the issue of the European Community and the European Union over time. With the development of the European Community and the European Union, national political parties face the challenge of an emerging political arena. European integration research has recently become more involved with what is called europeanization and political integration within the member states them self, this paper aims to provide further leverage to the thesis that national political actors undergo some degree of europeanization and are politically integrated in the EU, by examining manifestos of two historically eurosceptic Swedish political parties. The theoretical framework provided by neo-functional integration theory as well as europeanization is used to examine the empirical material in order to see if the political parties at the focal point of this study can be said to have undergone a change in political policy regarding the EC and EU, both in quantity and content. The analysis show that indeed both parties has undergone a change and what might be considered a europeanization, considering that the presence of the EU as a political issue seem to have risen in prominence and importance in the examined manifestos. The parties also show tendencies towards viewing the EU as an arena in which political goals can be achieved for specific issues.

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2012. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
EU, europeanization, European integration, Swedish political parties
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16574OAI: diva2:535643
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Political Science
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-06-20 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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