Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections

1st Edition

Sylvia Kritzinger, Carolina Plescia, Kolja Raube, James Wilhelm, Jan Wouters

April 28, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages - 67 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367365936 - CAT# 328026
Series: Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

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Informed by and against the backdrop of the 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections, this innovative book provides a critical assessment of where Europe stands in terms of the quest for achieving democratic legitimacy. Since the 2014 EP elections, the European Union (EU) has experienced multiple crises, which have arguably undermined its legitimacy. The 2019 EP elections were hence seen as a crucial moment in the EU’s efforts to show resilience and regain trust.

Using political science and legal frames of analysis, the book provides an understanding and assessment of the current politico-legal framework, and its impact on European elections. Furthermore, using original data, it provides a timely examination of public opinion issue priorities and voting behaviour at the 2019 EP elections in eight countries. Given the critical conjuncture that the 2019 EP elections represent, this volume provides a key contribution to understand both the dynamics surrounding the elections as well as voters’ responses, and informs debates in European politics – for example, second-order elections, democratic legitimacy and political representation.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU Politics, public administration, European studies, European law, and sociology along with practitioners in politics, journalism, and policy analysts.

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