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The Defender of Land and Tradition: The Activism of the Righter of Wrongs

  • Olivier RozenbergEmail author
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Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture book series (FPSC)

Abstract

The defender of land and tradition labels a profile of MPs criticizing EU norms to protect the specificities of their constituency. The feeling that the traditional way of life is under threat given European remote policies is indeed a source of mobilization for those parliamentarians. The example of several bills related to wild bird hunting is investigated in order to relativize the electoral aims of MPs activities. By refusing a 1979 EU directive, French senators and députés seek to protect their local people and, inseparably, their own role as representatives. The unanimous call for more subsidiarity is therefore understood a kind of self-promotion in a system made of blurred policy competencies.

Keywords

French Parliament French MPs Electoral aims Subsidiarity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for European Studies and Comparative PoliticsSciences PoParisFrance

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