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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Notes on Contributors
Radu Carp and Cristina Matiuța
Part 1: Stability, Change and Challenges for the
1Answers and Dilemmas Following the 2019 European Elections
Valentin Naumescu 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
Ruxandra Ivan 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
Mihai Sebe 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
Sergiu Mișcoiu 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
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)
Alexandru Radu Conclusions
Radu Carp and Cristina Matiuța Index
Academics, students, teachers, as well as practitioners and all those interested in the evolution of parties and democracy in the EU.