English
 
Help Privacy Policy Disclaimer
  Advanced SearchBrowse

Item

ITEM ACTIONSEXPORT

Released

Journal Article

Europe's Party-Political Centre of Gravity, 1957–2003

MPS-Authors
/persons/resource/persons41247

Manow,  Philip
Politik und politische Ökonomie, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;
Universität Konstanz, Germany;

/persons/resource/persons41287

Schäfer,  Armin
Institutioneller Wandel im gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

/persons/resource/persons41343

Zorn,  Hendrik
Institutioneller Wandel im gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

External Resource
Fulltext (public)
There are no public fulltexts stored in PuRe
Supplementary Material (public)
There is no public supplementary material available
Citation

Manow, P., Schäfer, A., & Zorn, H. (2008). Europe's Party-Political Centre of Gravity, 1957–2003. Journal of European Public Policy, 15(1), 20-39. doi:10.1080/13501760701702140.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-4711-F
Abstract
Europe’s ‘political space’, its dimensionality and its impact on European policies have received increased academic attention lately. Yet, one very basic element of this political space, the party composition of EU member states’ governments, has never been studied in a systematic way in the rich literature on European integration. In this paper we explain why the EU literature should pay more attention to the analysis of Europe’s party-political ‘centre of gravity’. We give a systematic overview of the party composition of member governments from 1957 to 2003. This includes analyses of how the support for integration, the left/right political conviction, and the ideological homogeneity or heterogeneity of the member states affected the Council over the course of time. We draw on expert surveys, the data of the Comparative Manifesto Project, and data about government composition.