Contemporary Euroscepticism in the party systems of the EU candidate states of Central and Eastern Europe

Taggart, Paul and Szczerbiak, Aleks (2004) Contemporary Euroscepticism in the party systems of the EU candidate states of Central and Eastern Europe. European Journal of Political Research, 43 (1). pp. 1-27. ISSN 0304-4130

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: PT 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.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Paul Taggart
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 12:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22784
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