The Mobilization against the 2005 treaty establishing a constitution for Europe : a French mobilization for another Europe
Series/Report no.Social Movement Studies;Vol. 9 No 4
Why did a majority of French voters reject the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe in the 2005 referendum? We argue here that the collective mobilization of the left-wing ‘No’ camp made the decisive difference through its formation of ‘Collectifs pour le non’, a coalition which facilitated the public expression of an anti-liberal and pro-European position capable of bringing together the Green and Socialist electorates, along with other parts of the left. Using a comprehensive analysis of the multi-organizational field of protest constituted by the mobilization of the left-wing ‘No’ camp, we show first that the mobilization was a ‘European affair’, in the sense that it developed a pro-European position in the context of struggles against liberal forces. Second, we show that the mobilization was also a ‘French’ affair because it relied on the high valuation of the ‘national’ mode of belonging, through the defence of the French state model.
Dufour, Pascale. « The Mobilization against the 2005 treaty establishing a constitution for Europe : a French mobilization for another Europe ». Social Movement Studies 9:4 (2010): 425-441