Understanding the Dynamics of European Politics

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 13, No. 27, 2009

28 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2010

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Maurice Yolles

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K)

Date Written: December 28, 2009

Abstract

There are fears that the development of a Europe of Variable Geometry, where distinct countries are able to select their policy preferences from a menu of historical policy options rather than signing up for new policy initiatives, provides a basis for destabilizing the European Project. However, the paper shows that this fear has no real basis. The reason is that when the political processes of the Project are considered in terms of political culture, two culturally based political factions can be argued to have emerged in Europe. Here, the distinct variable cultural positions actually stabilise the interactive political process. A detailed explanation of this is provided through both historical processes and the use of well developed theory.

Keywords: political culture, enlargement, regulation, political science

Suggested Citation

Yolles, Maurice, Understanding the Dynamics of European Politics (December 28, 2009). European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 13, No. 27, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1553793

Maurice Yolles (Contact Author)

John Moores University - Centre for the Creation of Coherent Change and Knowledge (C4K) ( email )

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
United Kingdom

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