Over the past half-century, Europe has experienced the most radical reallocation of authority that has ever taken place in peace-time, yet the ideological conflicts that will emerge from this are only now becoming apparent. The editors of this 2004 volume, Gary Marks and Marco Steenbergen, have brought together a formidable group of scholars of European and comparative politics to investigate patterns of conflict that are arising in the European Union. Using diverse sources of data, and examining a range of actors, including citizens, political parties, members of the European Parliament, social movements, and interest groups, the authors of this volume conclude that political contestation concerning European integration is indeed rooted in the basic conflicts that have shaped political life in Western Europe for many years. This comprehensive volume provides an analysis of political conflict in the European Union.
• Study of how the integration of Europe has affected political conflict and debate • Comprehensive - covers individuals, political parties and interest groups • An international team of authors from both sides of the Atlantic. Many of these authors are the premier scholars in the field
Introduction: models of political conflict in the European Union Marco R. Steenbergen and Gary Marks; Part I. Citizens: 1. The structure of citizen attitudes and the European political space Christopher J. Anderson and Matthew J. Gabel; 2. Potential for contestation on national matters at national elections in Europe Cees Van Der Eijk and Mark N. Franklin; 3. Don't rock the boat: expectations, fears and opposition to EU level policymaking Leonard Ray; 4. Varieties of capitalism and political divides over European Integration Adam P. Brinegar, Seth K. Jolly and Herbert Kitschelt; Part II. Political Parties: 5. Defining the EU political space: an empirical study of the European elections manifestos, 1979–99 Matthew J. Gabel and Simon Hix; 6. Does Left/Right structure party positions on European integration? Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks and Carole J. Wilson; 7. Political competition in the European Parliament: evidence from roll call and survey analyses Jacques J. A. Thomassen, Abdul G. Noury and Erik Voeten; 8. Contesting Europe? The salience of European integration as a party issue Marco R. Steenbergen and David Scott; Part III. Groups: 9. Contestation potential of interest groups in the EU: emergence, structure and political alliances Bernhard Wessels; 10. Contestation in the streets: European protest and the emerging Euro-polity Doug Imig; 11. Conclusion: European integration and political conflict Gary Marks.
'… unlike many collections of this type, they do not read like a set of conference proceedings. The contributions come together successfully in order to form a coherent whole … formidable theoretical and empirical combination … this collection will be very useful to both students and researchers. Not only does it provide valuable insights into the relationship between European integration and political conflict, it also sets an agenda for future work in this area … the text poses problems as often as it answers questions.' Journal of European Affairs
'… the comparative framework, the rigorous analysis and the innovative techniques developed in the book will undoubtedly shape EU studies in the coming years.' Political Studies Review
' … it brings together a formidable group of scholars who offer an erudite and provocative investigation of the patterns of political conflict arising in the EU … this book stands out as being more than just a description of events … the 19 contributors provide an ingenious and sophisticated involvement that is well argued and in many places very convincing.' Journal of International Relations and Development