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    Why far right party success is about alliances between voters with different immigration grievances, and not just about culture

Why far right party success is about alliances between voters with different immigration grievances, and not just about culture

Support for the far right is often explained with reference to a ‘cultural backlash’ against cosmopolitanism, globalisation and immigration. Drawing on a new study, Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas explain that while these cultural explanations have some merit, there has been a tendency to overlook the importance of economic concerns about immigration for the electoral success of far right […]

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    Book Review: Territorial Politics and the Party System in Spain: Continuity and Change since the Financial Crisis by Caroline Gray

Book Review: Territorial Politics and the Party System in Spain: Continuity and Change since the Financial Crisis by Caroline Gray

In Territorial Politics and the Party System in Spain: Continuity and Change since the Financial Crisis, Caroline Gray offers a new analysis of how and why the territorial dimension has contributed to shaping Spain’s politics and party system following the 2008 financial crisis. This in-depth account deserves to be read widely by area studies scholars and students interested in the particularities of […]

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    Italy’s constitutional referendum: The right solution to long-standing problems?

Italy’s constitutional referendum: The right solution to long-standing problems?

On 20-21 September, Italy will go to the polls for a referendum on reducing the size of both chambers of the Italian Parliament. Matteo Garavoglia previews the referendum, which opinion polls suggest is likely to result in a strong vote in favour of the proposal. He argues that while the appeal of reducing the number of politicians is understandable, […]

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    Why the EU should put innovation at the centre of its recovery plan

Why the EU should put innovation at the centre of its recovery plan

Innovation is often viewed as a key driver of economic growth. Yet as Marcel de Heide and Gosse Vuijk write, the recent agreement between EU leaders on a Covid-19 recovery package cut funding for some programmes linked to innovation. They argue the European Parliament should push for innovation to be placed at the centre of the recovery plan.

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    Social distancing: Why has compliance been so different across Europe?

Social distancing: Why has compliance been so different across Europe?

A common response to the Covid-19 pandemic across Europe has been for states to promote social distancing. Yet the level of compliance from citizens has varied substantially between countries. Drawing on data from Switzerland, Neha Deopa and Piergiuseppe Fortunato provide an illustration of the impact cultural attitudes and behavioural norms can have on compliance with social distancing measures.

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    Team performance and the perception of being observed: Insights from a natural experiment in football

Team performance and the perception of being observed: Insights from a natural experiment in football

Due to Covid-19, many football matches across Europe have been played behind closed doors. Drawing on recent research, Massimiliano Ferraresi and Gianluca Gucciardi assess how team performance is affected by the presence of supporters. Using data from the top divisions in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, they find that home teams won fewer points when playing behind closed […]

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    The European Parliament and the post-Brexit trade agreement: How long is needed for scrutiny?

The European Parliament and the post-Brexit trade agreement: How long is needed for scrutiny?

The EU and the UK have yet to reach an agreement on their future relationship, but if an agreement is reached, will it be possible to ratify the deal before the transition period expires at the end of 2020? Nicolai von Ondarza and Dominik Rehbaum look at the role of the European Parliament in previous trade agreements, concluding that […]

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Seizing the democratic opportunity in Montenegro

On 30 August, opposition parties won a narrow majority of seats in Montenegro’s parliamentary elections. Florian Bieber and Jovana Marović write that while many challenges lie ahead, there is now a real opportunity to pursue a full democratic transition in the country.

The parliamentary elections in Montenegro on 30 August were the tenth time the opposition had sought to defeat […]

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Italy’s ‘election day’: A preview

Italy will hold a series of elections and a constitutional referendum on 20-21 September. Leonardo Carella previews the votes and highlights some of the key things to watch out for when the results come through.

On 20-21 September, Italians will head to the polls to vote for the presidency of seven regions, the mayoralty of over 1,100 municipalities, two Senate […]

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    Next Generation EU: Why the blueprint for transforming Europe may have been long in the making

Next Generation EU: Why the blueprint for transforming Europe may have been long in the making

In July, EU heads of state and government finally reached agreement on a recovery package to tackle the socio-economic fallout from Covid-19. Daniel F. Schulz writes that although the agreement was unprecedented in its scope, Europe’s recovery strategy will draw heavily on the existing analyses and institutional structures of the European Semester. Ultimately, Europe’s leaders will be betting on […]

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    What to expect from Switzerland’s five referendums on 27 September

What to expect from Switzerland’s five referendums on 27 September

On 27 September, Switzerland will hold referendums on five different topics. Sean Mueller presents a preview of the votes, which will include a proposal to end the country’s free movement agreement with the EU.

Things can be said to slowly normalise when the Swiss start voting again. A set of referendums scheduled for May this year had to be postponed […]

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    Europeanising ideologies: Understanding the EU’s complex relationship with ‘isms’

Europeanising ideologies: Understanding the EU’s complex relationship with ‘isms’

For much of its history, the EU has been portrayed as an attempt to move beyond the ideological divisions present at the national level. Yet in recent decades, European integration has increasingly been criticised from the standpoint that it functions as an ideological project itself – whether as an expression of neoliberalism, federalism, or other ‘isms’. Jonathan White argues […]

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What are the prospects for the Polish opposition?

The Polish liberal-centrist opposition’s future prospects depend critically upon how Warsaw’s Mayor builds on the political capital derived from his strong presidential election challenge writes Aleks Szczerbiak. But there are question marks over his proposed new civic movement’s relationship with the main opposition party, and he faces a challenge from an insurgent TV presenter-turned-politician, as well as strategic dilemmas […]

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    Eurosceptic or Euro-ambivalent? Understanding the positions of far right parties on Europe

Eurosceptic or Euro-ambivalent? Understanding the positions of far right parties on Europe

Most contemporary far right parties oppose European integration, but is Euroscepticism a natural complement to far right ideology? Marta Lorimer writes that while we now tend to see far right parties as Eurosceptic, this was not always the case. Drawing on an analysis of the Italian Social Movement and French Front National, she demonstrates that ambivalence is an important […]

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How wealthy lobby groups benefit from a silent media

Affluent interest groups are often said to enjoy a greater capacity to influence policy when compared to economically deprived groups. Yet, academic studies find no consensus about the validity of this commonly held belief. Drawing on a new study, Frederik Stevens and Iskander De Bruycker suggest that the role of economic resources for lobbying influence is mediated by the […]

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    Disrupting supply chains: Why leaving the Single Market means systemic breakdown

Disrupting supply chains: Why leaving the Single Market means systemic breakdown

The UK will leave the Single Market at the end of this year, with new rules set to be implemented that will have an important impact on British businesses. Monica Horten writes that these changes have the potential to lead to uncertainties of supply, price hikes and potentially shortages. Prompt action could alleviate the situation, but ignoring it will result […]

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    The July European Council summit as seen by southern European newspapers

The July European Council summit as seen by southern European newspapers

At a European Council summit held on 17-21 July, EU heads of state and government reached agreement on a recovery package to tackle the socio-economic fallout from Covid-19. Using text analysis, Tatiana Coutto assesses how the deal was portrayed in southern European newspapers and how this coverage differed in the Dutch and German press. 

European Council meetings periodically bring […]

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    Rethinking immigration as an issue in the European Union and its consequences for government accountability

Rethinking immigration as an issue in the European Union and its consequences for government accountability

The financial crisis and the migration crisis served to heighten the salience of immigration in the EU’s member states. Drawing on a new study, Andrea Fumarola explains how both crises have reshaped not only the policy agendas of governments, but also the dynamics of party competition.

The last twenty years were marked by historical events like the 2004, 2007 and […]

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    How gender affects the response rates of politicians to inquiries about healthcare and unemployment support

How gender affects the response rates of politicians to inquiries about healthcare and unemployment support

Are women and men equally likely to receive answers when they contact politicians for information about healthcare and unemployment benefits? Drawing on a new study, Zoila Ponce de Leon and Gabriele Magni find that MPs are significantly more likely to respond to women overall, and that female legislators are more responsive, in general, than their male counterparts. Increasing the […]

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    Not too shy after all: Explaining when corporations appear in the media

Not too shy after all: Explaining when corporations appear in the media

Corporations are often thought to conduct most of their lobbying activities behind closed doors. As such, they may wish to avoid appearing in the news too frequently given the potential to attract public criticism over their political involvement. Drawing on a new study, Moritz Müller and Ellis Aizenberg examine the media strategies used by corporations to maximise their influence.

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