Southern Europe has been the EU region most exposed to the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis with consequences for national party systems and political stability. The 2014 European Parliament elections took place at a crucial time for Europe and Southern European societies more generally. This book analyses the Euroelections in Southern Europe, asking whether these followed the usual pattern of low-stimulus contests or whether the crisis context raised the bar. Country chapters on Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta investigate the background of the elections, the electoral campaign and the rise of Euroscepticism. The linkage between governments’ economic performance, the Europhile or Eurosceptic stances of political parties, and their electoral performance are at the core of the analysis in each chapter. The findings reveal that the political and electoral consequences of the economic crisis have not fundamentally challenged the second-order character of the 2014 European Parliament elections in Southern Europe. However, electoral behaviour exhibits some indications of a more critical contest in which the EU divide becomes more significant and polarising in determining voting choices. This book was previously published as a special issue of South European Society and Politics.
1. The 2014 European Parliament Elections in Southern Europe: Second-Order or Critical Elections?
Hermann Schmitt and Eftichia Teperoglou
2. Renzi’s Honeymoon Effect: The 2014 European Election in Italy
Paolo Segatti, Monica Poletti and Cristiano Vezzoni
3. Habituating to the New Normal in a Post-earthquake Party System: The 2014 European Election in Greece
Eftichia Teperoglou, Emmanouil Tsatsanis and Elias Nicolacopoulos
4. Against Bipartyism, Towards Dealignment? The 2014 European Election in Spain
Guillermo Cordero and José Ramón Montero
5. More Second-Order than Ever? The 2014 European Election in Portugal
André Freire and José Santana-Pereira
6. Surprising Elections in Exciting Times? Of Proxies and Second-Order Events in the 2014 European Election in Cyprus
Giorgos Charalambous, Bambos Papageorgiou and Adonis Pegasiou
7. The Anatomy of a Misfit: The 2014 European Election in Malta
Marcello Carammia and Roderick Pace
The parallel regime transitions of the 1970s, when Southern Europe was the vanguard of the ‘third wave’ of democratisation, the impact of EU membership and Europeanisation and more recently, the region’s central role in the eurozone crisis have all made Southern Europe a distinctive area of interest for social science scholars. The South European Society and Politics book series promotes new empirical research into the domestic politics and society of South European states. The series, open to a broad range of social science approaches, offers comparative thematic volumes covering the region as a whole and on occasion, innovative single-country studies. Its geographical scope includes both ‘old’ and ‘new’ Southern Europe, defined as Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey.