Introduction: Interpreting British European Policy

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Mark Bevir

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

Oliver J. Daddow

King's College London - Defence Studies Department (DSD)

Pauline Schnapper

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne - UFR Institut du Monde

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Britain has had particular problems reconciling itself to the idea of being a ‘European’ actor and a wholehearted member of the EEC/EU since 1973. Now, potentially, the ‘awkward partner’ is edging towards the exit door of the EU because a membership a referendum gauging the opinion of a sullenly Eurosceptical UK public is a likely prospect in the coming years. The aim of this special issue of JCMS is to consider how one can account for the present state of affairs by adopting an interpretivist perspective on British European policy over the past four decades. The article begins with a comprehensive review of the extant literature on Britain and Europe and an elaboration of the ‘traditions and dilemmas’ framework within which the contributors have studied the empirical material in their articles. It then explains the major themes that connect the articles and suggests how future research might build on the agenda proposed in this special issue. This article is part of the January 2015 Special Issue titled ‘Interpreting British European Policy’, which also includes Safeguarding British Identity or Betraying It? The Role of British ‘Tradition’ in the Parliamentary Great Debate on EC Membership, October 1971 by N. Piers Ludlow (DOI: ), The Return of ‘Englishness’ in British Political Culture – The End of the Unions? by Michael Kenny (DOI: ), Interpreting the Outsider Tradition in British European Policy Speeches from Thatcher to Cameron by Oliver Daddow (DOI: ), ‘One Woman's Prejudice’: Did Margaret Thatcher Cause Britain's Anti‐Europeanism? by Cary Fontana and Craig Parsons (DOI: ), Between One‐Nation Toryism and Neoliberalism: The Dilemmas of British Conservatism and Britain's Evolving Place in Europe by Mark I. Vail (DOI: ), Euroscepticism and the Anglosphere: Traditions and Dilemmas in Contemporary English Nationalism by Ben Wellings and Helen Baxendale (DOI: ), Reworking the Eurosceptic and Conservative Traditions into a Populist Narrative: UKIP's Winning Formula? by Karine Tournier‐Sol (DOI: ), The Labour Party and Europe from Brown to Miliband: Back to the Future? by Pauline Schnapper (DOI: ), Educating Britain? Political Literacy and the Construction of National History by Helen Brocklehurst (DOI: )

Suggested Citation

Bevir, Mark and Daddow, Oliver J. and Schnapper, Pauline, Introduction: Interpreting British European Policy (January 2015). JCMS Special Issue 2015: Interpreting British European Policy. Guest Editors: Mark Bevir, Oliver Dad, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 1-17, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2540375 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12201

Mark Bevir (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science ( email )

210 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Oliver J. Daddow

King's College London - Defence Studies Department (DSD) ( email )

London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

Pauline Schnapper

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne - UFR Institut du Monde

France

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