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Title: United in opposition? The populist radical right’s EU-pessimism in times of crisis
Authors: Pirro, Andrea L.P.
Van Kessel, Stijn
Keywords: Euroscepticism
Populism
Radical right
Political parties
Crisis
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: PIRRO, A.L.P. and VAN KESSEL, S., 2017. United in opposition? The populist radical right’s EU-pessimism in times of crisis. Journal of European Integration, doi:10.1080/07036337.2017.1281261.
Abstract: Populist radical right (PRR) parties are typically critical of European integration. They deem the EU an elitist project and consider European integration a threat to national sovereignty. Our article assesses whether, and how, PRR parties have changed their ‘EU-pessimist’ discourse following the outbreak of the Global Financial Crisis. The crisis has ostensibly provided scope for PRR parties across Europe to bolster their EU-pessimism and place more emphasis on socioeconomic frames. We analyse the evolution of the PRR’s discourse in five countries. The article shows that, although PRR parties have generally brought the crisis into their discourses, they have responded to it in different ways, displaying varying degrees of EU-pessimism. These responses were partly informed by the opportunities provided by their contexts, but ostensibly more so by the strategic considerations of PRR party leaderships.
Description: This paper is embargoed until 30th July 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2017.1281261
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23460
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2017.1281261
ISSN: 0703-6337
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