Using Europe: territorial party strategies in a multi-level system

By Eve Hepburn

Using Europe: territorial party strategies in a multi-level system


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9764-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, Society & social sciences / Political structure & processes, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government, Political parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
  • Series: Devolution


This book explores how regional political parties use Europe to advance their territorial projects in times of rapid state restructuring. It examines the ways in which decentralization and supranational integration have encouraged regional parties to pursue their strategies across multiple territorial levels. This book constitutes the first attempt to unravel the complexities of how nationalist and statewide parties manoeuvre around the twin issues of European integration and decentralization, and exploit the shifting linkages within multi-level political systems.

In a detailed comparative examination of three cases - Scotland, Bavaria and Sardinia - over a thirty-year period, the book explores how integration has altered the nature of territorial party competition and identifies the limits of Europe for territorial projects. In addressing these issues, this work moves beyond present scholarship on multi-level governance to explain the diversity of regional responses to Europe.

By providing important new insights and empirical research on the conduct of territorial party politics, and an innovative model of territorial mobilization in Europe, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, European studies, regionalism and federalism, political parties and devolution.


"While there is a rich literature on the positioning of national political parties on European issues, the specific challenges and opportunities that European integration presents for regional political parties have been less thoroughly explored. Eve Hepburn's monograph on territorial party strategies seeks to fill this gap."

"The strength of the book is clearly in its strong empirical focus and research design, which allows Hepburn to compare party strategies not only across regions, but also over an extended time span."

"The author should be commended for expanding the empirical scope of her study to include all regional parties, and not just minority nationalist actors as have featured in scholarly work on regional party attitudes towards Europe hitherto."

"the book will undoubtedly become required reading for a broad community of scholars."

the book offers a good theoretical framework


List of figures
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
List of acronyms
1. Introduction: regional party strategies in Europe
2. Territorial strategies: autonomy and capacity
3. Scottish party responses to Europe and Devolution
4. Bavarian defence of the Heimat in Europe
5. Sardinian autonomy in the Mediterranean
6. Conclusion: the cyclical nature of territorial strategies in Europe


Eve Hepburn is Leverhulme Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

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