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Context and contingency: constitutional nationalists and Europe

Mitchell, James and Cavanagh, M. (2001) Context and contingency: constitutional nationalists and Europe. In: Minority Nationalism, Globalization and European Integration. Oxford University Press, pp. 246-263. ISBN 0-19-924214-3

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Abstract

Compares the European policies of three constitutional nationalist parties in the UK: the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru (Wales), and the Social and Democratic Labour Party (Northern Ireland). It shows how each has, in different ways, used EU integration strategically and tactically to advance its claims. This seeming paradox, of nationalist parties supporting institutions that aim to remove power from the nation, can be explained in a number of ways, all involving some degree of redefinition of the nature of nationalism in the context of globalization.