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The mass politics of international disintegration


Walter, Stefanie (2020). The mass politics of international disintegration. CIS Working Paper 105, University of Zurich.

Abstract

In the past few years, the world has witnessed an unprecedented popular backlash against international institutions. This paper presents a framework for analyzing the challenges that unilateral, voter-based attempts by one member state to change or terminate the terms of existing international agreements pose for international cooperation. It argues that the mass politics of international disintegration are shaped by an “accommodation dilemma” encountered by the other member states: not accommodating such unilateral attempts is costly, yet accommodating the revisionist country’s disintegration bid carries large contagion risks. Using original survey data from approximately 1.800 British and 60.000 EU-27 Europeans as well as comparative case studies, the paper shows that this framework can help us better understand the ability of foreign governments’ to intervene in domestic disintegration referendum campaigns, the existence of contagion effects across member states and variation in the responses of the remaining member states to voter-based disintegration bids.

Abstract

In the past few years, the world has witnessed an unprecedented popular backlash against international institutions. This paper presents a framework for analyzing the challenges that unilateral, voter-based attempts by one member state to change or terminate the terms of existing international agreements pose for international cooperation. It argues that the mass politics of international disintegration are shaped by an “accommodation dilemma” encountered by the other member states: not accommodating such unilateral attempts is costly, yet accommodating the revisionist country’s disintegration bid carries large contagion risks. Using original survey data from approximately 1.800 British and 60.000 EU-27 Europeans as well as comparative case studies, the paper shows that this framework can help us better understand the ability of foreign governments’ to intervene in domestic disintegration referendum campaigns, the existence of contagion effects across member states and variation in the responses of the remaining member states to voter-based disintegration bids.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Europäische Union, Mitgliedstaaten, Austritt, Geschichte 2016-2019, Internationale Kooperation, Unilateralismus, Volkswille, politische Desintegration
Language:English
Date:June 2020
Deposited On:16 Jun 2020 10:25
Last Modified:27 Jul 2020 09:20
Series Name:CIS Working Paper
Number of Pages:43
ISSN:1662-7504
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/cis-dam/CIS_2020/WP%20105%20Walter.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.cis.ethz.ch/research/working-papers.html (Organisation)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod011611454 (Library Catalogue)

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