Existing research on the impact of the European Union on national political parties has only managed to scratch the surface of all possible dimensions in which such interaction may occur. The directors of this workshop feel there is a demand for more varied approaches to this subject as well as it being an appropriate time to reflect on these matters. The aim of the workshop is therefore to critically assess extant approaches and to explore new theoretical avenues, modes of analysis, new evidence from case studies as well as cross-national empirical evidence, etc., across the whole of the European Union.
The directors suggest topics to be covered in this workshop should include, but are not restricted to:
a) the appropriate research methodology for party Europeanization analysis
b) a critical reflection on the findings that have been produced so far in party Europeanization studies
c) case studies that explain the actual ‘politics’ within parties related to EU issues. Themes might include:
- the EU as a party management issue;
- the existence and nature of dissent within parties over EU issues, distinguishing between policy-based and anti-integration, and change over time;
- an effort to substantiate the notion of de-politicization as a by-product of policy transference to the EU, etc
d) cross-national research that can reveal similarities absent from single party/country case studies
Papers are welcomed that cover one or more of the topics outlined as well as being comparative in nature. Empirical evidence from Western and Eastern Europe is welcome.