Call for papers: Hard Euroscepticism in the 2024 European Parliament Elections

18.06.2024

As current literature shows, the tactics of hard Eurosceptics have already changed in the post-Brexit period: Principled objections against the EU persist, but explicit calls to leave the Union have been replaced by somewhat softer calls for a referendum on leaving or even 'just' reforming the EU and its policies profoundly.

In practice, a distinction must be made between 'principled long-term stance and temporary tactical concerns that might lead to quite equivocal narratives' (Havlík and Hloušek, 2024, p. 13). In specific situations, however, it is possible to imagine the opposite development if we take into account the observation that a hard Eurosceptic discourse carries the potential for polarisation of political debate and greater radicalisation of soft Eurosceptic parties (Wunsch and Bélanger, 2023). Hot agendas of the 2024 European Parliament elections, such as the Green Deal, Russian aggression against Ukraine, or popular discontent in some of the member countries, might have brought new impulses to the hard Eurosceptic narratives and discourses.

The geographical framework of the countries examined in this special issue is the post-communist region of Central and Eastern Europe. The thematic frame is the strategy and tactics of political parties, movements, and other candidate groupings in the region that can be perceived as 'hard Eurosceptic' (e.g., Republic in Slovakia, EKRE in Estonia, Confederation in Poland, Our Homeland in Hungary, etc.).

The ambition of the special issue is to build on the existing literature on the tactics of hard Eurosceptics expressed in their political activities, campaigns, discourses, narratives. etc. (Heinisch et al. 2021; Havlík and Hloušek 2024; Martini and Walter 2023; Treib 2021), and to find out whether the softening rhetorical strategy of the hard Eurosceptic parties described in the literature persisted in the EP elections or whether, on the contrary, there was a re-radicalisation in connection with current issues (Green Deal, migration pact, etc.). The key task of the country studies in our volume is to identify the most recent shifts in the hard-Eurosceptic scene in light of the EP elections in 2024 and to provide a suitable theoretical explanation for these developments.

Methodologically, a wide range of approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, are welcome. Both case studies and comparative studies are acceptable. In terms of data collection, a clear focus on party performance in the 2024 election campaign is expected.

If interested, please submit extended abstracts of up to 350 words, with preference given to papers that combine the following conditions:

(a) discuss one or more relevant hard Eurosceptic parties within the region in the context of the EP elections in 2024

(b) are strongly theoretically grounded with an ambition to explain the embeddedness and transformations of hard Euroscepticism within the country in question

(c) are based on original data

 

Key deadlines:

8 September - submission of a detailed abstract of max. 350 words

13 September - decision of the special issue editors on (non-)acceptance of the abstract

30 December - submission of manuscript for peer review (via the journal's editorial system)

3 February - authors receive the reviews of at least two anonymous reviewers

10 March - deadline for sending the revised version of the manuscript

possible further rounds of peer review will follow

 

If interested, please send your abstracts by 8 September 2024 to the e-mail addresses of both editors of the special issue, Vratislav Havlík (vhavlik@fss.muni.cz) and Vít Hloušek (hlousek@fss.muni.cz).