A step closer to a transnational party system? : competition and coherence in the 2009 and 2014 European parliament
Title: A step closer to a transnational party system? : competition and coherence in the 2009 and 2014 European parliament
Citation: Journal of common market studies (JCMS), 2018, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp. 1462-1482
ISSN: 0021-9886; 1468-5965
At this stage of European integration and given the high degree of Europe's politicization and salience caused by the recent global financial crisis, representative democracy in the EU can only function if parties mobilize beyond borders. We examine whether European Party Groups (EPG) in the European Parliament (EP) offer distinct policy alternatives and how coherent these are. We use party position data collected by two Voting Advice Applications designed for the 2009 and 2014 EP elections, respectively (EUProfiler and Euandi). We find evidence of competition between EPGs groups on both left right issues and European integration on the latter issue, there is greater differentiation within the anti-EU camp. Coherence within EPG exists, though it varies across issues, EPGs and between election years examined: it is greater on European integration than on left-right issues and it is particularly high for right wing eurosceptics though for most parties it deteriorates between 2009 and 2014.
Subject: European Parliament elections; Eurozone crisis; Political parties; Spitzenkandidaten; Transnational democracy; National parties; Policy; Crisis; EU; Pragmatism; Greece; Union
First published: 31 July 2018
Type of Access: openAccess
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