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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Shrinking Political Space of Minority Nationalist Parties in an Enlarged Europe of the Regions
Author(s): Lynch, Peter
De Winter, Lieven
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Keywords: Regionalism
Political Parties
European elections
Minorities Europe Political activity
Minorities Europe Case studies
Nationalism Europe
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Date Deposited: 3-Jul-2009
Citation: Lynch P & De Winter L (2008) The Shrinking Political Space of Minority Nationalist Parties in an Enlarged Europe of the Regions. Regional and Federal Studies, 18 (5), pp. 583-606.
Abstract: From the late 1980s, European integration has been seen to have benefits for minority nationalist parties in terms of setting the political agenda, reinforcing the role of regional governments and providing second-order electoral opportunities at European elections. However, recent EU enlargements have produced a negative environment for minority nationalist parties, evident in the loss of support and MEPs in the 2004 European election. This article examines the development of minority nationalist parties at the European level since 1979, and evaluates different potential explanations for the demise of the party family since 2004.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13597560802351606
Rights: Published in Regional and Federal Studies by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Regional and Federal Studies, Volume 18, Issue 5, October 2008, pp. 583 - 606. Regional and Federal Studies is available online at:

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