Context and contingency: constitutional nationalists and Europe

James Mitchell, M. Cavanagh

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinority Nationalism, Globalization and European Integration
EditorsM. Keating, G. McGarry
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0-19-924214-3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2001


  • European Union
  • Northern Ireland
  • nationalism
  • Social and Democratic Labour Party
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Plaid Cymru
  • Scottish National Party
  • UK
  • globalization


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