Patterns of Opposition in the European Parliament

Patterns of Opposition in the European Parliament

Opposing Europe from the Inside?

von: Benedetta Carlotti

CHF 82.50

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 21.09.2020
ISBN/EAN: 9783030536831
Sprache: englisch

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Is Euroscepticism still suited to analyze the variegated nature of opposition to the EU? Starting from this question, this book critically reviews Euroscepticism, reconceptualizes it in terms of political opposition and discovers, disentangles and explains patterns of EU-opposition within the European Parliament (EP). Distinguishing between “what the EU does” and “what the EU is”, the research elaborates an index of parties’ positioning “measuring” it through the speeches that parties’ deliver in the EP. The EP is the “perfect laboratory” where decisions concerning EU-policies are taken and the future EU-trajectories are shaped.Besides delineating a set of guidelines categorizing parties, the book concludes that their positioning varies along two main axes: the pro-anti-EU-system and the pro-anti-EU-establishment. From a normative perspective, the research argues for the growing importance of the “cumulation hypothesis”: if criticism remains unheard within the European elitist construct, such criticism will transform itself into rejection. 

Chapter 1. EU opposition in the European Parliament: An Introduction.- Chapter 2. Euroscepticism as a contested concept, EU opposition as a valid alternative.- Chapter 3. Explaining national parties’ EU opposition in the European parliament: A framework for the analysis.- Chapter 4. Methods, selection of cases, time framework and variables for the analysis.- Chapter 5. Opposition to EU policies targets: An analysis.- Chapter 6. Landscapes of EU opposition.- Chapter 7. Conclusion.

Benedetta Carlotti holds a PhD in Political Science and Sociology from the Scuola Normale Superiore (Florence). She is currently Data Analyst in a private company located in Florence where she deepens text analysis methods. Her main research interests concern positioning toward the EU with a special focus on extremist and populist parties. She engaged in research collaboration with the University of Siena and with the Scuola Normale Superiore. Her work has been published in the Italian Political Science Review, European Political Science Review and Italian Political Science.

Mixes qualitative and quantitative analysis of MEPs' speeches in the European Parliament

Disentangles EU criticism and structures it around two distinct axes

Suggests EU-opposition is a useful alternative term that better describes contemporary Euroscepticism
“Practitioners and scholars have stressed the risks posed by the weakening of  political legitimacy of the EU vis à vis European citizens. These conclusions are mostly drawn on speculation. This fascinating comparative study uses mixed methods to empirically explore how and when does European opposition emerge. If criticism from European citizens and political parties remains unheard within the European elitist construct, such criticism will transform itself into rejection. With an innovative look at the academic scholarship on Euoscepticism this book fills major gaps and offers important suggestions for both policy makers and academics.”

– Professor Manuela Caiani, Scuola Normale superior, Florence, Italy

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