Introduction: Interpreting British European Policy

Bevir, M., Daddow, O. and Schnapper, P., 2015. Introduction: Interpreting British European Policy. Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 (1), pp. 1-17. ISSN 0021-9886

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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 referendum is an increasingly likely prospect in the coming years. The aim of this special issue is to consider how we 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.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Common Market Studies
Creators: Bevir, M., Daddow, O. and Schnapper, P.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 2015
Volume: 53
Number: 1
ISSN: 0021-9886
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Nov 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 10:29

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