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Patrick Utz

Patrick Utz
Name
Patrick Utz
Address
Edinburgh UK
Email
Research Interests
Territorial politics, Federalism, Nationalism and Devolution, Party politics, Multi-level party politics, European Union, Europeanization, Language policy, Consociationalism
URL
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/people/phd_students/patrick_utz

Research

PhD title

Kin-minority parties in a (dis)integrating Europe:
Cross-border cooperation and irredentism in the European Union

Abstract

Patrick investigates how Western European kin-minority parties respond to the opportunities and constraints created by European integration. Kin-minority parties are defined (1) by their claim to defend the interests of a particular national minority within a certain country, and (2) by their perception that the minority they claim to speak for is part of a larger nation that constitutes the majority in a neighbouring kin-state. Kin-minority parties thus define their policy goals and strategies in between the poles of two, potentially antagonistic, nation-building projects: the one of the kin-state, and the one of the host-state. This situation places kin-minorities within a triangular relationship in which the minority, the kin-state and the host-state interact with each other in complex ways.

This project inquires into how the multidimensional impact of European integration has modified each dimension of this “triadic nexus”, and how kin-minority parties exploit these changes. It is expected that the “softening” of borders and the narrative of a “Europe of the Regions” in the early 1990s led kin-minority parties’ to abandon irredentist claims in favour of other territorial demands (federalism, devolution), whereas prospects of “hardening” borders following the recent refugee crisis and Brexit are expected to reignite demands for border shifts.

Patrick empirically assesses kin-minority parties’ responses to European integration by analysing party positions in Northern Ireland and South Tyrol during several critical junctures from the 1980s to present. The kin-minorities under scrutiny constitute two dissimilar cases, that allow the evaluation of the EU’s impact on territorial politics, minority accommodation and cross-border cooperation under largely different circumstances. In doing so, this project extends the body of comparative literature on cross-border nations beyond its traditional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, and aims to shed light on the interplay of sub-state party politics and European integration in Western European border regions.

Supervisors

Michael Keating & Nicola McEwen

Other research activities

Besides his PhD project, Patrick also works as a research fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change.

Teaching

In the 1st semester of 2017/18, Patrick is a tutor for the following courses:

PLIT08004 Introduction to Politics and International Relations

PLIT08012 Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists

Office hours by appointment.

Media

CV

Education

2014-2016: University of Vienna, Austria
MA Political Science (with distinction)
"Re-integrating Tyrol? Regionalist parties in South Tyrol and their responses to European Integration"

2010-2015: University of Vienna, Austria;
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

BA Romance studies (Spanish & Portuguese), (with distinction)

2010-2014: University of Vienna, Austria
BA Political Science (with distinction)

Experience

2015: Research assistant,
Department of Economic Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria

2014-2015: Tutor for scientific writing,
Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria

2011-2016: Assistant Floor Manager,
Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)