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The Differentiated Politicisation of European Governance

1st Edition

Edited by Pieter de Wilde, Anna Leupold, Henning Schmidtke


182 pages

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This book on the differentiated politicisation of European governance provides an overview of research on the growing salience of EU governance, polarisation of opinion and expansion of actors and audiences engaged in monitoring and influencing EU affairs in the national context. The contributors empirically map the diversity of these three core components of politicisation across countries, time and arenas. The chapters develop novel insights into the causes and consequence of this differentiated politicisation of European governance. Going beyond the current literature, the contributions disaggregate and examine politicisation processes among different sets of actors and on different objects using quantitative and qualitative methods leading to a differentiated picture of politicisation patterns across EU-member states and non-member states, such as Switzerland. They highlight the explanatory power of intermediating factors, like the institutional surrounding and country-specific economic and cultural conditions in addition to the transfer of political authority to the EU as the main driver of politicisation. This book was previously published as a special issue of West European Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the Differentiated Politicisation of European Governance

Pieter de Wilde, Anna Leupold and Henning Schmidtke

1. Beyond authority transfer: explaining the politicisation of Europe

Edgar Grande and Swen Hutter

2. The politicisation of European integration in domestic election campaigns

Dominic Hoeglinger

3. The differentiated politicisation of European tax governance

Henning Schmidtke

4. A structural approach to politicisation in the Euro crisis

Anna Leupold

5. The Eurozone crisis and citizen engagement in EU affairs

Sebastian Baglioni and Achim Hurrelmann

6. The party politics of the Euro crisis in the German Bundestag: frames, positions and salience

Arndt Wonka

7. Assessing actually-existing trajectories of EU politicisation

Pieter de Wilde and Christopher Lord

8. Opening up Europe: next steps in politicisation research

Michael Zürn

About the Editors

Pieter de Wilde is Senior Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo. Pieter’s research focuses on politicisation in the EU and in wider globalisation contexts with a specific focus on media and parliamentary debates.

Anna Leupold is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on the politicisation of European governance and the meaning of the public sphere for social integration.

Henning Schmidtke is a Senior Researcher at the University of Dresden, Germany. His research interests include the formation, design and behaviour of international organisations, their modes of governance and the contentious politics around them. His work has appeared in Leviathan, Review of International Studies and West European Politics.

About the Series

West European Politics

West European Politics has established itself as the foremost journal for the comparative analysis of European political institutions, politics and public policy. Its comprehensive scope, which includes the European Union, makes it essential reading for both academics and political practitioners. The books in this series have originated from special issues published by West European Politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European