This book examines how Europe-wide issues – such as immigration, cross-national redistribution and further European integration – have reshaped electoral democracy and party competition across Europe.
After decades of scholars and commentators bemoaning the limited politicization of the EU nationally, European issues have come to dominate domestic electoral politics. From the Eurozone crisis to the struggle of dealing with growing numbers of migrants and refugees entering Europe, EU-wide issues now occupy a salient part of the domestic political debate. This book examines what drives public opinion towards some of the key Europe-wide issues of the day and how these EU issues shapes electoral behaviour and party competition. It brings together leading scholars from different fields to explore what shapes preferences towards Europe-wide policy issues, how they influence electoral behaviour and party fortunes and what the implications are for the quality of European democracy. Overall, this book deepens our understanding of the state of European democracy domestically in an era in which national and Europe-wide problems and policy solutions are inextricably linked.
The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of European Public Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Domestic Contestation of the European Union
Sara B. Hobolt and Toni Rodon
1. Europe Belongs to the Young? Generational Differences in Public Opinion towards the European Union during the Eurozone Crisis
Fabian Lauterbach and Catherine E. De Vries
2. Labour market dualism and immigration policy preferences
3. Preferences for European unemployment insurance: a question of economic ideology or EU support?
Theresa Kuhn, Francesco Nicoli and Frank Vandenbroucke
4. Cross-cutting issues and electoral choice. EU issue voting in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum
Sara B. Hobolt and Toni Rodon
5. Electoral Fortunes of Social Democratic Parties: Do Second Dimension Positions matter?
Tarik Abou-Chadi and Markus Wagner
6. Responding to Far Right Challengers: Does Accommodation Pay Off?
Jae-Jae Spoon and Heike Klüver
7. Multidimensional Incongruence, Political Disaffection, and Support for Anti-Establishment Parties
Ryan Bakker, Seth Jolly and Jonathan Polk
8. Mismatch? Comparing elite and citizen polarisation on EU issues across four countries
Andreas C. Goldberg, Erika J. van Elsas and Claes H. de Vreese
9. Unity in Diversity? Polarization, Issue Diversity and Satisfaction with Democracy
Julian Hoerner and Sara B. Hobolt
Sara B. Hobolt is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. She is the author of four books on European politics, including Europe in Question (2009), Blaming Europe? (2014) and Political Entrepreneurs (2020).
Toni Rodon is Assistant Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include electoral participation, political geography, comparative politics and historical political economy.