Christian Democratic Parties in Europe Since the End of the Cold War

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Steven Van Hecke, Emmanuel Gerard
Leuven University Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Political Science - 343 pages
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The period since the end of the Cold War has been characterised by an acceleration in the European integration process, a changing pattern of political ideologies and the emergence of new political parties and issues. This book assesses the impact of these phenomena on Christian Democratic parties in the current and future member states of the European Union and highlights some of the particularities and universalities of European Christian Democracy from a comparative and transnational perspective. Political scientists and historians from various universities examine the way in which Christian Democratic parties have responded to these challenges (for instance by a rapprochement with non-Christian Democrats) and explain how those responses have resulted in failure in some cases and success in others.
  

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Contents

Preface
7
The Consociational Construction of Christian Democracy
21
Christian Democratic Parties and Europeanisation
43
Rejuvenation of an Old Party? Christian Democracy in Austria
79
From Dominance to Doom? Christian Democracy in Italy
105
Living Apart Together Christian Democracy in Belgium
133
Paradise Lost Paradise Regained?
159
At the Centre of the State Christian Democracy in Luxembourg
179
The Impossible Resurrection Christian Democracy in France
197
Life at the Nothern Margin Christian Democracy in Scandinavia
217
Who Learns from Whom? Failure of Spanish Christian Democracy
243
A Decade of Seized Opportunities
269
European Christian Democracy in the 1990s
297
Bibliography
319
List of Abbreviatons
335
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