This volume aims to provide consolidated analyses of the 2019 European elections and explanations about the future of the European party system, in a context in which the EU has to face many challenges, including the erosion of electoral support for mainstream parties and the increasing success of populist parties. The structure of the book is designed to combine the overall view on the role of elections in shaping the future European project with relevant case studies.
The reader is given a perspective not only on the results of the European Parliament elections as such, but also on how these results are related to national trends which pre-exist and what kind of collateral effects on the quality of democracy they could have.
Contributors include: Jan Bíba, Sorin Bocancea, Dóra Bókay, Radu Carp, József Dúró, Tomáš Dvořák, Alexandra Alina Iancu, Ruxandra Ivan, Petra Jankovská, Małgorzata Madej, Cristina Matiuța, Sergiu Mișcoiu, Valentin Naumescu, Gianluca Piccolino, Leonardo Puleo, Alexandru Radu, Mihai Sebe, Sorina Soare, Tobias Spöri, Jeremias Stadlmair, Martin Štefek, Piotr Sula, and Jaroslav Ušiak.
Radu Carp, Ph.D., is Professor at the University of Bucharest, where he teaches Comparative Constitutional Law and European Governance. His most recent book is Does Politics Still Have a Meaning? The Instruments of Democracy and the Burden of Populism (in Romanian, Humanitas, 2018).
Cristina Matiuța, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oradea, Romania. Her latest book is entitled: Who I’m voting For? Dynamics of the Party System in Romania: 1990-2018 (in Romanian, European Institute, 2018).
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Radu Carp and Cristina Matiuța
Part 1: Stability, Change and Challenges for the
1Answers and Dilemmas Following the 2019 European Elections
2The Demise of the Spitzenkandidaten System: decline of EU Democratization or (Euro)party Process of Adaptation?
Alexandra Alina Iancu
3Electoral Engineering for a European Demos: building European Identity through Elections
4Towards a More Democratic European Union: how to Use the Elections for the European Parliament to Create a True Pan-European Constituency? Old Debates, New Challenges
5The Citizens’ Perceptions ahead of the 2019 European Parliament Vote – The Accuracy of the Eurobarometer Democracy and Elections Radu Carp
6The Exploitation for Populist Purposes of Difficulties in the EU – An Important Problem of the EU Sorin Bocancea
Part 2: Case Studies
7Back on Track: the French Far Right’s (Narrow) Win in the 2019 European Elections
8Europe Up for Grabs: an Italian Perspective
Gianluca Piccolino, Leonardo Puleo and Sorina Soare
9European Parliamentary Elections in Austria “Gone Ibiza”
Tobias Spöri and Jeremias Stadlmair
10A Dress Rehearsal: european Elections in Poland before the Parliamentary Race
Piotr Sula and Małgorzata Madej
11The 2019 European Parliament Elections in Hungary
József Dúró and Dóra Bókay
12Rise of Euroscepticism in Slovak Political Parties before Election to European Parliament: case of Rise of Extremism in Slovak Society
Jaroslav Ušiak and Petra Jankovská
13Ambiguity towards the EU as a Destiny of Czech Politics: the Case of the ANO Movement
Jan Bíba, Tomáš Dvořák and Martin Štefek
14The European Elections Campaign in Romania: between Contesting and Embracing the EU Cristina Matiuța
15A Pattern of European Parliament Elections in Romania (2007–2019)
Radu Carp and Cristina Matiuța
Academics, students, teachers, as well as practitioners and all those interested in the evolution of parties and democracy in the EU.