The Difficulty of Justifying European Integration as a Consequence of Depoliticization: Evidence from the 2005 French Referendum

Government and Opposition, Summer 2009

22 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2009

Date Written: February 23, 2009

Abstract

This article analyses the 2005 French referendum debate on the EU Constitutional Treaty as an instance of depoliticization. Particular emphasis is placed on the argumentative strategy of President Chirac as, despite the Treaty's focus on institutional reform, he eventually chose to justify the document in terms of social policy: an ultimately unconvincing strategy as voters believed it was contradicted by current EU policy priorities. On this evidence, pace Glyn Morgan, prioritizing a justification of EU finality over that of institutions and policies does not seem appropriate. Rather, the priority for integration is to overcome elites' strategies of depoliticization during referendum campaigns.

Keywords: referendum, EU Constitution, French politics, depoliticization, European Union

Suggested Citation

Glencross, Andrew R., The Difficulty of Justifying European Integration as a Consequence of Depoliticization: Evidence from the 2005 French Referendum (February 23, 2009). Government and Opposition, Summer 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1348273

Andrew R. Glencross (Contact Author)

University of Stirling ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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