2019 European Elections

The EU Party Democracy and the Challenge of National Populism


The 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. Its structure is designed to combine the overall view on the role of elections in shaping the future European project with relevant case studies.

The book gives the reader 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-exists 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.

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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 Matiuta, 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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Notes on Contributors
 Radu Carp and Cristina Matiuța

PART I: Stability, change and challenges for the EU party system

1. Answers and Dilemmas Following the 2019 European Elections
 Valentin Naumescu

2. Drifting together or drifting apart: The European Union’s East - West divide
 Veronica Anghel

3. The demise of the Spitzenkandidaten system: Decline of EU democratization or (Euro)party process of adaptation?
 Alexandra Alina Iancu

4. Electoral engineering for an European demos: building European identity through elections
 Ruxandra Ivan

5. Towards 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, disruptive technologies
 Mihai Sebe

6. The citizens’ perceptions ahead of the 2019 European Parliament vote - the accuracy of the Eurobarometer Democracy and elections
 Radu Carp

7. The exploitation for populist purposes of difficulties in the EU - an important problem of the EU
 Sorin Bocancea

PART II- Case studies

8. Back on Track: The French Far Right’s (Narrow) Win in the 2019 European Elections
 Sergiu Mișcoiu

9. Europe Up for Grabs: an Italian Perspective
 Gianluca Piccolino, Leonardo Puleo and Sorina Soare

10. European Parliamentary Elections in Austria “Gone Ibiza“
 Tobias Spöri and Jeremias Stadlmair

11. A Dress Rehearsal. European Elections in Poland before the Parliamentary Race
 Piotr Sula and Małgorzata Madej

12. The 2019 European Parliament elections in Hungary
 József Dúró and Dóra Bókay

13. Rise of Euroscepticism in Slovak Political Parties before Election to European Parliament: Case of Rise of Extremism in Slovak Society
 Jaroslav Ušiak and Petra Jankovská

14. Ambiguity towards the EU as a destiny of Czech politics: The case of the ANO movement
 Jan Bíba, Tomáš Dvořák and Martin Štefek

15. The European Elections Campaign in Romania: between contesting and embracing the EU
 Cristina Matiuța

16. A pattern of European Parliament elections in Romania
 Alexandru Radu

 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.