Political Parties and the EU in National Election Campaigns: Who Talks About Europe, and How?

16 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015

Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

This paper examines political party mobilization on European Union issues during national election campaigns. We consider which actors talk about the EU, specifically which parties and which actors within parties, as well as how these actors talk about the EU, specifically the types of EU issues addressed as well as their framing. We argue that issue‚Äźbased strategies and government participation may provide important reasons why parties only mobilize selectively on EU issues. We test our expectations using data from party press releases in Austrian general election campaigns in 2008 and 2013. We find that selective mobilization is most prevalent in terms of content, thus in how parties talk about the EU. This article provides new evidence on the extent of party political contestation over EU issues and shows how strategic incentives limit the ways in which they are incorporated into national politics.

Keywords: election campaigns, EU issue mobilization, EU issue framing, national parties, party press releases

Suggested Citation

Senninger, Roman and Wagner, Markus, Political Parties and the EU in National Election Campaigns: Who Talks About Europe, and How? (November 2015). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 6, pp. 1336-1351, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2679152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12278

Roman Senninger (Contact Author)

Aarhus University

Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarhus V, 8210
Denmark

Markus Wagner

University of Vienna ( email )

Bruenner Strasse 72
Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

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