In this book, first published in 1981, the authors trace and analyse the growth of transnational party co-operation and the factors important to it during the years before and immediately following direct elections. They recognise three major dimensions of transnational co-operation: the Euro-parliamentary groups; the new European party federations; and the national party frameworks in the member states. This title will be of interest to academics and students concerned with European affairs.
List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; Preface; 1. Political Parties and European Integration: The Historical Perspective 2. Transnational Party Co-operation in the European Parliament: The Euro-Parliamentary Groups and the Growth of Politicisation 3. The New Transnational Party Organisational Dimension and the Process towards Direct Elections 4. The National Party Frameworks and Transnational Party Co-operation 5. The Direct Elections Campaign and Transnational Party Co-operation 6. The Results of Direct Elections: A Transnational Party Perspective; Conclusion: Towards a European Community Party System?; List of Interviews; Bibliography; Index
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