Euroscepticism as a Transnational and Pan-European Phenomenon: The Emergence of a New Sphere of Opposition

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John FitzGibbon, Benjamin Leruth, Nick Startin
Routledge, Aug 19, 2016 - Political Science - 198 pages

As the EU enters an increasingly uncertain phase after the 2016 Brexit referendum, Euroscepticism continues to become an increasingly embedded phenomenon within party systems, non-party groups and within the media. Yet, academic literature has paid little attention to the emergence of, and increased development of, transnational and pan-European networks of EU opposition. As the ‘gap’ between Europe’s mainstream political elites and an increasingly sceptical public has widened, pan-European spheres of opposition towards the EU have developed and evolved.

The volume sets out to explain how such an innately contradictory phenomenon as transnational Euroscepticism has emerged. It draws on a variety of perspectives and case studies in a number of spheres – the European Parliament, political parties, the media, civil society and public opinion. Examining to what extent the pan-European dimension of Euroscepticism is becoming increasingly influential, it argues that opposition to European integration has for too long been viewed somewhat narrowly, through the paradigm of national party politics.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and professionals in EU politics, European studies, political parties, and more broadly to comparative politics and international relations.



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Modelling transnational and panEuropean Euroscepticism
To cooperate or not to cooperate? The European Radical Right
Is Eurorealism the new Euroscepticism? Modern conservatism
Transnational mobilisation and critical Europeanism
towards a transnational Eurosceptic opposing
Transnational Euroscepticism as ideational solidarity? The No
a transnational
a commitment under stress
Transnational and panEuroscepticism after Brexit

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About the author (2016)

John FitzGibbon is Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Benjamin Leruth is a Research Associate at the University of Kent, UK. His research focuses on Euroscepticism, differentiated integration in the European Union and public attitudes. He is currently co-editing the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism and is also working on a forthcoming book entitled The Pirate Parties across Europe.

Nick Startin is a Senior Lecturer in French and European Politics whose research focuses on Euroscepticism and the Far Right in contemporary Europe. He co-founded the UACES research network on Euroscepticism and has in recent years been the co-editor for two prominent, special issues on the topic: the Journal of Common Market Studies (2013) and the International Political Science Review (2015). He is currently co-editing the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism as well as researching and participating in events related to the 2016 referendum on UK membership of the EU.

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