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Title: The Europeanization of Euroskepticism? The Meaning of Domestic Political Competition in Poland
Authors: Vermeersch, Peter #
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: Political Studies Association (PSA)
Host Document: Political Studies Association (PSA) Conference Proceedings 2009 pages:1-26
Conference: Political Studies Association (PSA) Conference edition:29th location:Manchester date:7-9 April 2009
Abstract: How should the recent politics of euroskepticism in Poland be interpreted? A number of important domestic parties in Poland are considered to be both nationalist and Euroskeptic. This is an interesting fact for a number of reasons. First of all, even though these parties are nationalist, they are in some cases active in wider transnational party cooperation arrangements on the European level. Secondly, they seem to represent a deviation from the dominant trend in political mobilization on European matters in Poland in the period before the accession of 2004. During almost the entire decade of the 1990s the most successful mainstream political actors in Poland had a favorable view of the European integration process and were generally supportive of the idea that the country needed to become a member of the EU as soon as possible. In 2005, however, a conservative nationalist party called Law and Justice (PiS) won the elections with a moderately Euroskeptic program and formed, in April 2006, a government with two radical anti-EU parties. Positions on Europe were also a topic in the 2007 elections that led to the defeat of the incumbent government parties. This paper explores how we should interpret the development of (transnationalized) euroskeptic positions of these parties in the narrower context of the development of positions, discourses and mobilization strategies in domestic Polish party politics.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Leuven International and European Studies (LINES)
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