The Europeanisation of Green parties: Exploring the EU's impact

Elizabeth Bomberg*

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The use of the concept 'Europeanisation' has burgeoned, though its link with party adaptation and change is still under-explored. This article concedes the difficulties, outlined recently by Peter Mair and others, of linking Europeanisation and party change. However, it suggests that a more modest but systematic examination of the EU's impact on one party family (European Green parties) reveals both empirical and conceptual insights. Examining the Europeanisation of Green parties across several dimensions (party ideology, institutions and transnational activities) this article argues that Europeanisation has accelerated the mellowing of Green ideology and 'professionalisation' of Green party politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-50
Number of pages22
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Europeanisation
  • European Green parties
  • party ideology
  • institutions
  • transnational activities
  • Green party politics


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