Conservative modernisation and European integration: From silence to salience and schism

  title={Conservative modernisation and European integration: From silence to salience and schism},
  author={Philip Lynch},
  journal={British Politics},
  • P. Lynch
  • Published 2015
  • Political Science
  • British Politics
The re-emergence of European integration as a difficult issue for the Conservative Party exposed the limits of Cameron’s modernisation project. In opposition, Cameron had defused the EU issue by lowering its salience but this suppressed rather than effectively addressed the issue, allowing Eurosceptics who favour withdrawal or fundamental renegotiation to shape the agenda. In office, new and familiar challenges emerged. The Eurozone sovereign debt crisis changed the dynamics of the UK’s… Expand
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