Europeanisation, euroscepticism and party systems: party‐based euroscepticism in the candidate states of Central and Eastern Europe

Taggart, Paul and Szczerbiak, Aleks (2002) Europeanisation, euroscepticism and party systems: party‐based euroscepticism in the candidate states of Central and Eastern Europe. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 3 (1). pp. 23-41. ISSN 1570-5854

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Abstract

In this article, we assume that we can usefully examine the emergence of party‐based Euroscepticism in the party systems of the candidate states and that we can account for (some of) the differences between the states by looking at their party systems. In order to do this we begin by offering a definition of Euroscepticism that differentiates between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ variants. We map these types of Euroscepticism in parties in the candidate states of central and Eastern Europe. Looking at the nature of party systems we suggest that there is a need to rethink how we conceptualise and categorise them if we are to extend our Western models to central and Eastern Europe, and we offer some suggestions of how this might be done. Using these models of party systems in relation to the candidate states of central and Eastern Europe we examine how this relates to the incidences of party‐based Euroscepticism and reflect on the issues involved in applying West European models to East European cases.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Paul Taggart
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 15:48
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 15:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57417
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