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Contemporary Euroscepticism in the party systems of the EU candidate states of Central and Eastern Europe
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 00:25 authored by Paul TaggartPaul Taggart, Aleks SzczerbiakAleks Szczerbiak
This article examines party-based Euroscepticism in the candidate states of Central and Eastern Europe. In an attempt to develop comparative lessons from the different cases, it presents research into the location, electoral strength and type of Euroscepticism in the party systems of these countries. The data is then used to examine six propositions about the relationship between party-based Euroscepticism and left-right ideological spectrum, party position in party systems, public Euroscepticism, prospects for accession, `hard¿ and `soft¿ Euroscepticism and state longevity. The article concludes that extending the scope of our study of Euroscepticism to the candidate states extends our understanding of Euroscepticism from its study in Western Europe and brings new insights into party systems in Central and Eastern Europe. It also offers clues as to some future effects of European Union enlargement.
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Research
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NotesPT was the lead author on this article which was one of the first attempts to map the phenomenon of Euroscepticism in the EU candidate states of central and Eastern Europe.
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