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Transnational Party Coordination Among Minority Nationalist Parties

  • Margarita Gómez-Reino
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Abstract

This chapter analyzes the complexity of the transnational links of the minority nationalist parties. Since the first 1979 European elections, a fundamental dualism in transnational links developed: the search for the formation of a single political group and Europarty or the integration in other political groups and Europarties. The emergence and trajectory of transnational party links inserting minority nationalist parties, its nature and limits were the result of a process of political negotiations among transnational party elites and resulted in the fragmentation of the party family. Beyond the constraints imposed by minor size, the historical trajectory of transnational party coordination and the division of the minority nationalist party family respond to the heterogeneous ideology and the strategic dilemmas confronting minority nationalist parties in the European arena. The chapter describes how minority nationalist parties are scattered among different political groups and Europarties, and how these divisions have become a permanent feature of the party family in the European arena.

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  • Margarita Gómez-Reino
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  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Educación a DistMadridSpain

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