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The European Conservatives and Reformists parliamentary group
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Chapter 1 outlines the focus and scope for the monograph: the European Conservatives and Reformists parliamentary group. In particular, it introduces the main topic for analysis – reform of the European Union – in order to place the research on ECR into a wider context. This includes an overview of the recent political and economic crises in the EU and subsequent growth in Euroscepticism, nationalism and populism. The rise of ECR to become the third largest party grouping in Strasbourg reflects broader trends in public opinion favourable to reforming the way the EU functions. The chapter then proceeds to locate the study further within the scholarly field of comparative European politics, with a literature review, and a discussion of Conservatism and its unique relationship with Christian democracy. ECR’s departure from the European People’s Party represents a hitherto underresearched development in the study of modern-day conservatism. The chapter concludes that the activities of ECR merit this type of analysis due to it being the only vehicle for Anglosphere conservatism in the EU.

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The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)

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