Strategies of pro-EU parties in the face of a Euroskeptic challenge

Adam, Silke; Antl-Wittenberg, Eva-Maria; Eugster, Beatrice; Leidecker-Sandmann, Melanie; Maier, Michaela; Schmidt, Franzisca (2016). Strategies of pro-EU parties in the face of a Euroskeptic challenge. European Union Politics, 18(2), pp. 260-282. Sage 10.1177/1465116516661248

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We ask how pro-European parties communicate in the face of a Eurosceptic challenge and how this affects the politicization of European Union integration within a country. We draw on a quantitative content analysis of parties’ press releases issued in the run-up to the 2014 European Parliament elections in seven countries. Our results show that pro-European parties as such put Europe on the agenda, debate issues similar to those voiced by Eurosceptics and defend their pro-European positions: yet, they do so to varying degrees and with major exceptions. It is pro-European catch-all parties with strong internal dissent that silence Europe and choose blurring or adoption strategies. Consequently, the politicization of European integration varies among countries, thereby high topic visibility is accompanied by low levels of party conflict.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Adam, Silke; Eugster, Beatrice and Schmidt, Franzisca

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1465-1165

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lena Floriana Studer

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 15:11

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2018 08:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1465116516661248

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.98770

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98770

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