Since the advent of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, a key turning point in terms of the crystallisation of opposition towards the European Union (EU), Euroscepticism has become a transnational phenomenon. The term ‘Euroscepticism’ has become common political language in all EU member states and, with the advent of the Eurozone, refugee and security crises have become increasingly ‘embedded’ within European nation states.
Bringing together a collection of essays by established and up-and-coming authors in the field, this handbook paints a fuller, more holistic picture of the extent to which the Eurosceptic debate has influenced the EU and its member states. Crucially, it also focuses on what the consequences of this development are likely to be for the future direction of the European project. By adopting a broad-based, thematic approach, the volume centres on theory and conceptualisation, political parties, public opinion, non-party groups, the role of referendums – and the media – and of scepticism within the EU institutions. It also reflects on the future of Euroscepticism studies following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU.
Containing a full range of thematic contributions from eminent scholars in the field, The Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism is a definitive frame of reference for academics, practitioners and those with an interest in the debate about the EU, and more broadly for students of European Studies, EU and European Politics.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|60 pages
part II|126 pages
Eurosceptic parties and domestic party systems
chapter 8|14 pages
Opposing Europe, Opposing Austerity
chapter 12|16 pages
Eurosceptic Parties in the Central and Eastern European Countries
chapter 13|13 pages
Changing the Rules, Changing the Winners?
part III|104 pages
Public opinion, referendums and citizens' perceptions of the European Union
chapter 19|13 pages
Derailing European Integration?
chapter 20|12 pages
EU Referendums in the ‘New’ Member States
part IV|78 pages
chapter 24|11 pages
Euroscepticism and the Crisis
chapter 27|13 pages
Mirroring or Setting the Political Agenda?
chapter 28|12 pages
Varieties of Opposition to the EU in the Low Countries
part V|56 pages
Transnational and pan-European Euroscepticism
chapter 30|13 pages
Transnational and Pan-European Euroscepticism
chapter 32|12 pages
The Far Right and the 2014 European Elections
part VI|53 pages