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Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections

1st Edition

Edited by Sylvia Kritzinger, Carolina Plescia, Kolja Raube, James Wilhelm, Jan Wouters


304 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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Informed by and against the backdrop of the 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections, this innovative book provides a critical assessment of where Europe stands in terms of the quest for achieving democratic legitimacy. Since the 2014 EP elections, the European Union (EU) has experienced multiple crises, which have arguably undermined its legitimacy. The 2019 EP elections were hence seen as a crucial moment in the EU’s efforts to show resilience and regain trust.

Using political science and legal frames of analysis, the book provides an understanding and assessment of the current politico-legal framework, and its impact on European elections. Furthermore, using original data, it provides a timely examination of public opinion issue priorities and voting behaviour at the 2019 EP elections in eight countries. Given the critical conjuncture that the 2019 EP elections represent, this volume provides a key contribution to understand both the dynamics surrounding the elections as well as voters’ responses, and informs debates in European politics – for example, second-order elections, democratic legitimacy and political representation.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU Politics, public administration, European studies, European law, and sociology along with practitioners in politics, journalism, and policy analysts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections

Carolina Plescia, James Wilhelm, Sylvia Kritzinger, Kolja Raube and Jan Wouters

Part I: The Politico-Legal Framework of the 2019 European Elections

1. The Long and Winding Road towards a European Electoral Law

Jan Wouters

2. From Dawn to Doom: The institutionalization of the Spitzenkandidaten-process during European elections and its final negation

Kolja Raube

3. The Fall of the Spitzenkandidaten: Political parties and conflict in the 2019 European elections

Pieter de Wilde

4. Party-groups and Ideological Cleavages in the European Parliament after the 2019 Elections

Ben Crum

Part II: Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour at the 2019 European Parliament Elections

5. European Parliament Elections as Second Order National Elections

Michael Marsh

6. First-Order Breakthrough or Still Second Order? An assessment of the 2019 EP elections

Carolina Plescia, James Wilhelm and Sylvia Kritzinger

Part III: The 2019 European Parliament Elections in Eight Countries

7. The 2019 EP Election in Austria: A highly salient domestic test election

Sylvia Kritzinger, Julia Partheymüller and Carolina Plescia

8. The 2019 EP Election in Denmark: A European election within a national contest

Henrik Bech Seeberg and James Wilhelm

9. Second-Order or Second Hand? The 2019 EP election in France

Tanja Schüberl, Camille Kelbel and Julien Navarro

10. Between Migration and the Climate Crisis: The 2019 EP election in Germany

Julia Partheymüller, Bernd Schlipphak and Oliver Treib

11. Orbán’s Long Shadow: The 2019 European Parliament election in Hungary

Pál Susánszky and Sylvia Kritzinger

12. 2019 European Election in Italy: Second-order but still salient elections?

Carolina Plescia and Sylvia Kritzinger

13. The 2019 EP Election in Poland: In the shadow of extreme polarization

Maciej A. Górecki, Carolina Plescia and Marta Żerkowska-Balas

14. The 2019 EP Election in Spain: Settling a national score?

José Fernández-Albertos and James Wilhelm

From Second-Order towards First-Order Elections: Some Concluding Observations

James Wilhelm, Sylvia Kritzinger, Carolina Plescia, Kolja Raube and Jan Wouters

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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