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Ethnoregionalist Parties in Central-Eastern Europe

Europe (Central and Eastern)
Cleavages
National Identity
Nationalism
Political Competition
Political Parties
Regionalism
Representation
P107
Emanuele Massetti
Università degli Studi di Trento
Arjan H. Schakel
Universitetet i Bergen

Saturday 14:00 - 15:40 (10/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Arts Floor: 2 Room: FA217

Abstract

This panel is meant to be a first step towards a comprehensive collective study of ethnoregionalist parties in C-E Europe. In particular, we aim to investigate a) the different levels of actual freedom for the establishment of parties representing ethnoterritorial minorities and the different levels of tolerance for voicing ethnoterritorial claims; b) how ‘ethnicity’ and ‘territory’ have been ‘blended’ in different ways across cases to create and mobilize minority identities; c) how different minority parties have developed diverse ideological stances across different ideological dimensions; and d) the different levels of electoral, office and policy success across cases. At this stage, we particularly welcome paper proposals that deal with relatively less well-known case studies and that conform as much as possible to the following format: - A brief summary of the sociological-historical roots of ethnic and/or regional distinctiveness vis-à-vis the rest of the state, and the origin and nature (ethnic, regionalist, ethnoregionalist, etc.) of the party - The organizational development of the party (structure, membership, resources and links with civil society) and its electoral performances in local, regional, national and European elections - Data on party electorate (if available): % of the ethnic/territorial group supporting the party; sociological characteristics of party voters (age, gender, education, class, etc.) - Longitudinal analysis of party ideological development – salience on, position along and linkages across five dimensions of contestation (minority ethnic/majority ethnic group; region/state; public/private economy; GAL/TA; pro/against European integration) – and party strategy (multi-level coalition politics and management of trade-offs between votes, policy and office) - An exploratory analysis of policy success/failure: how historical-sociological, economic, supra-national (e.g. EU), national-institutional, and national-party politics factors interacted to determine policy success or failure.

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