Political Parties and the European Union offers a panoramic survey of the political parties of contemporary Europe. It covers party politics from Scandinavia to Greece, focusing on how parties in the individual member states have responded to the processes of European integration.
Despite a trend towards political convergence, national traditions continue to shape politics across Europe. In order to reflect, and do justice to, the diversity of political cultures, the book combines case studies, comparative approaches and supranational perspectives. It examines the history of the main national parties, offers new comparative perspectives on communist, green and extreme right parties, and analyses party politics at the European level.
1. Introduction: political parties and the European Union / John Gaffney -- 2. The German Social Democrats / Richard Moeller -- 3. The German Christian Democrats / William Paterson -- 4. The French Socialists / Alistair Cole -- 5. The French Gaullists / James Shields -- 6. The British Labour Party / Stephen George and Deborah Haythorne -- 7. The British Conservative Party / Peter Morris -- 8. The Italian Christian Democrats / Martin Bull -- 9. The Spanish Socialists / Richard Gillespie -- 10. The Greek Socialists / Susannah Verney -- 11. Irish political parties and the European Union / Michael Holmes -- 12. Scandinavian political parties and the European Union / Lars Svasand and Ulf Lindstrom -- 13. Western communist parties and the European Union / David Bell -- 14. Extreme right-wing parties and the European Union: France, Germany and Italy / Catherine Fieschi, James Shields and Roger Woods -- 15. Green parties and the European Union / Wolfgang Rudig.
Published: 4th April 1996