A Primordial Attachment to the Nation? French and Irish Workers and Trade Unions in Past EU Referendum Debates

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Title: A Primordial Attachment to the Nation? French and Irish Workers and Trade Unions in Past EU Referendum Debates
Authors: Béthoux, ÉlodieErne, RolandGolden, Darragh
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9270
Date: 5-Mar-2018
Online since: 2018-03-05T12:17:08Z
Abstract: We aim to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics that are driving EU politicisation and the rising Euroscepticism of workers and unions in the public sphere. One explanation frames the rise in Euroscepticism in cultural terms, emphasising workers' alleged primordial attachment to their nation. A second uses socio-economic frames, linking growing Euroscepticism to the increasingly neo-liberal direction of the EU. The weight of these competing frames in the referendum campaigns on the EU Constitution in France and the Lisbon Treaty and the Fiscal Treaty in Ireland cannot be measured easily, as the categorisation of a phrase as socio-economic or cultural is in itself subject to political classification struggles. We therefore presents the findings of an inductive lexical analysis of all Irish Times, all Le Monde and all worker- or union-related articles published in almost all national media outlets during the mentioned referendum debates. This was made possible by the Alceste software package that allowed us to analyse very large corpuses of articles inductively. Our analysis reveals that socio-economic terms dominated policy debates in both countries. The findings question existing EU politicisation studies that were measuring the salience of different frame types by deductive analysis. 
Funding Details: European Commission
European Commission Horizon 2020
Irish Research Council
Funding Details: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume: 56
Issue: 3
Start page: 656
End page: 678
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Authors
Keywords: European integrationPoliticizationEuro-skepticReferendumTrade unionCultural shiftWorking classAlceste
DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12303
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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