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New Book Release - “Euroscepticism, from the margins to the mainstream”

Special Issue of the International Political Science Review – vol.36, n°3, June 2015
Guest Editors: Dr. Nathalie Brack (FNRS, Cevipol, Université libre de Bruxelles) and Dr. Nicholas Startin (University of Bath).

With the advent of the Eurozone crisis, Euroscepticism has become increasingly mainstreamed. This is discernible across Europe at the level of public opinion, among political parties and civil society groups, within the EU institutions themselves and in terms of changing and more challenging media discourses. Against the backdrop of the 2014 European elections and a potential referendum on UK membership of the EU, the purpose of this article is to introduce an evolving debate.

It begins with discussion of the ‘state of the art’ with regard to the study of Euroscepticism, before focusing on the significance of the latest European elections themselves. It then provides an overview of the various articles in the collection, explaining their relevance in helping to unravel the complexity and diversity of opposition towards ‘Europe’ and the extent to which Euroscepticism has become part of the mainstream with regard to European political debate.

Table of content

1. Nathalie Brack and Nicholas Startin, “Introduction: Euroscepticism, from the margins to the mainstream”

2. Cécile Leconte, “From pathology to mainstream phenomenon: Reviewing the Euroscepticism debate in research and theory”

3. Robert Grimm, “The rise of the German Eurosceptic party Alternative für Deutschland, between ordoliberal critique and popular anxiety”

4. Susannah Verney, “Waking the ‘sleeping giant’ or expressing domestic dissent? Mainstreaming Euroscepticism in crisis-stricken Greece”

5. Emmanuelle Reungoat, “Mobilizing Europe in national competition: The case of the French Front National”

6. Nicholas Startin, “Have we reached a tipping point? The mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in the UK”

7. Asimina Michailidou, “The role of the public in shaping EU contestation: Euroscepticism and online news media”

8. Nathalie Brack, “The roles of Eurosceptic Members of the European Parliament and their implications for the EU”

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