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Far Right Parties and Euroscepticism - pr_340953

Far Right Parties and Euroscepticism

Patterns of Opposition



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Why do parties that belong to the same party family address the EU question differently? This book addresses this question through a systematic analysis of the EU positions of far right parties in Europe. Starting from the assumption that parties are rational vote-maximising actors, the book argues that the way in which they interpret structural incentives depends to a large extent on the party's relationship with democracy, its attitude towards the polity, its target electorate/social basis, and its behaviour towards competitors. Classification on these indicators leads to the identification of three far right party models: 'anti-system'; 'anti-liberal' and 'normalised'. Given that the EU is a core and highly salient issue in far right parties' toolkit, it becomes a key policy in party competition. Anti-system parties tend to opt for a rejectionist position on the EU; anti-liberal parties tend to be conditional Eurosceptics; and normalised parties tend to adopt a compromising position on the EU. The specific narrative that a party may employ in order to frame Europe domestically depends on the way in which it perceives national identity.

Product code: 9781785522291

ISBN 9781785522291
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H238xW159xS21
No. Of Pages 206
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield International
Why do parties that belong to the same party family address the EU question differently? Through a comparative examination of the European far right, this book explains why similar parties address the EU question differently; and demonstrates the ways in which Euroscepticism may become a party strategic tool.