Palgrave Macmillan

How Do Eurosceptics Wage Opposition in the European Parliament? Patterns of Behaviour in the 8th Legislature

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ABSTRACT

Euroscepticism has become a persistent phenomenon in European politics and particularly in the EP. It is therefore crucial to understand how Eurosceptic MEPs behave within an institution they criticise or even totally oppose and how the differences between Eurosceptics can be explained. This contribution aims to shed light on these questions by analysing the parliamentary behaviour of opposing voices in the 8th EP legislature (2014–2019).

Antagonistic understandings of sovereignty in the 2015 Polish constitutional crisis

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Since the 2015 parliamentary elections in Poland, the government led by the Law and Justice party (PiS) has sought to win two interwoven battles: the restoration of ‘a strong state’ internally and ‘regaining sovereignty’ in the country’s relationship with the EU. By examining the 2015 constitutional crisis in Poland, this article seeks to understand how and why a domestic dispute over the nomination of constitutional judges has transformed into a conflict of sovereignty in the EU polity.

A scandal effect? Local scandals and political trust

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Scandals that hit political institutions and their actors are likely to contribute to lowering political trust. However, few studies examine the accuracy of such relationship at the local level. This article aims to contribute to the field by assessing the impact of local scandals on trust in local government and the mayor in the context of a federal state, Belgium.

Sustainable Development in EU–Asia Trade Relations

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Pressures have grown on European policy-makers to ensure that geo-economic interests do not come at the cost of the environment and workers’ rights. In light of increased public salience of EU trade deals with third countries, this chapter explores how the EU satisfies sustainability demands in trade agreements and how geopolitical considerations impact the design of specific clauses in recent trade deals with five Asian countries.

Populism and Authoritarian Drift: The Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil

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This chapter analyzes Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency in Brazil using two interpretations of the concept of populism: the ideational approach (thin-centered ideology) and the political style approach. The author is interested in the way in which the Brazilian president associates a populist rhetoric aimed at disrupting the political game (politics) and populist practices aimed at breaking the classical patterns of democratic representation and reorienting public action (policies).