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Strategies of Secession and Counter-Secession

The Politics of European Populism: Transnational Cooperation and Politicisation

European Politics
European Union
Political Parties
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Lise Herman
University of Exeter
Panel Discussant
Lise Herman
University of Exeter

05/09/2019 11:00 - 12:40
Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 405
In light of the upcoming 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections, a number of Populist Radical Right (PRR) actors have signalled their willingness to shape European political competition by strengthening its anti-establishment pole. This panel explores efforts by the PRR bloc to shape European public debate and influence decision-making at the national and transnational level. It gathers empirical and theoretical contributions that explore populist politicisation through one or several of the following angles. First, analyses of the strategic choices of PRR parties in EP election campaigns, especially changes and continuities in the organizational capacity and ideological cohesiveness of the PRR bloc. Second, studies that document and evaluate the responses of more mainstream Europarties and national parties to the emerging PRR bloc, whether excluding PRR-owned issues from political debate, adopting their policy-positions or opposing them in a confrontational manner. Finally, the panel includes contributions that theorize the resulting influence of PRR parties on the functioning of European institutions, including their impact on the polarization of parliamentary debates, coalition-building, agenda-setting, and policy-making.

Paper List

Title Details
(Mis)handling Budapest: The European Politics of the Rule of Law View Paper Details
Contest Over Europe? Party Competition Strategies towards the Populist Radical Right during European Parliament Election Campaigns in Germany View Paper Details
How Populist is the Populist Radical Right? Examining Right-Wing Populist and Nationalist Discourses in the 2014 and 2019 European Parliament Elections View Paper Details
Patterns of Opposition: How Europe Has Been Politicised in the Refugee Crisis View Paper Details
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