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A third way for Europe? Discourse, regulation and the European question in Britain.

Painter, J. (2000) 'A third way for Europe? Discourse, regulation and the European question in Britain.', Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie., 91 (3). pp. 227-236.


Recent developments within the regulation approach have highlighted the importance of discourse in securing the conditions for the stabilisation of new modes of regulation. This paper considers the discursive construction in the UK of Britain's relationship to European integration. Despite claims that the politics of the 'Third Way' offer an innovative and coherent framework for New Labour's political strategy, the evidence suggests that discourses of national sovereignty and pragmatic economic national self-interest dominate. In conclusion it is suggested that the development of transnational discursive formations is a necessary precondition for the consolidation of regulatory forms and processes that break with previous nationally focused modes of regulation.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Discourse, Europe, United Kingdom, Regulation approach, Third Way, Sovereignty.
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Date of first online publication:August 2000
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