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Europe as ideological resource: the case of the Rassemblement National

Europe as ideological resource: the case of the Rassemblement National Ever since they first entered the European Parliament in 1979, the EU has proven to be a strong legitimising tool for far right parties, providing them with funding, visibility and a higher degree of credibility and respectability. While recent literature has explored some of these dynamics, the role of the far right’s ideological positioning on Europe as a source of public legitimacy has been neglected. This paper argues that as a relatively new and contentious political issue, Europe can function as a powerful ideological resource for far right parties by allowing them to convey a more acceptable political message. This argument is illustrated through a case study of two key aspects of the Rassemblement National’s ideological approach to the European Union: the party’s claim to be pro-European but anti-EU and its opposition to EU integration on grounds of sovereignty. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of European Public Policy Taylor & Francis

Europe as ideological resource: the case of the Rassemblement National

Journal of European Public Policy , Volume 27 (9): 18 – Sep 1, 2020

Europe as ideological resource: the case of the Rassemblement National

Journal of European Public Policy , Volume 27 (9): 18 – Sep 1, 2020

Abstract

Ever since they first entered the European Parliament in 1979, the EU has proven to be a strong legitimising tool for far right parties, providing them with funding, visibility and a higher degree of credibility and respectability. While recent literature has explored some of these dynamics, the role of the far right’s ideological positioning on Europe as a source of public legitimacy has been neglected. This paper argues that as a relatively new and contentious political issue, Europe can function as a powerful ideological resource for far right parties by allowing them to convey a more acceptable political message. This argument is illustrated through a case study of two key aspects of the Rassemblement National’s ideological approach to the European Union: the party’s claim to be pro-European but anti-EU and its opposition to EU integration on grounds of sovereignty.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1466-4429
eISSN
1350-1763
DOI
10.1080/13501763.2020.1754885
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Abstract

Ever since they first entered the European Parliament in 1979, the EU has proven to be a strong legitimising tool for far right parties, providing them with funding, visibility and a higher degree of credibility and respectability. While recent literature has explored some of these dynamics, the role of the far right’s ideological positioning on Europe as a source of public legitimacy has been neglected. This paper argues that as a relatively new and contentious political issue, Europe can function as a powerful ideological resource for far right parties by allowing them to convey a more acceptable political message. This argument is illustrated through a case study of two key aspects of the Rassemblement National’s ideological approach to the European Union: the party’s claim to be pro-European but anti-EU and its opposition to EU integration on grounds of sovereignty.

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Journal of European Public PolicyTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2020

Keywords: European Union; far right; ideology; legitimacy; Rassemblement National

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