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The domestic implementation of policy made beyond the boundaries of the state is an opportunity for political contestation because it activates long-standing cleavages on the basis of which political parties locate themselves in the political spectrum. Drawing on cleavage theory of party positioning - which posits that panics assimilate the new issue of European integration into pre-existing ideologies that are shared by party leadership, activists and constituencies and mirror enduring commitments on core domestic issues this paper presents a partisan account of this process.
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