Party Positions Toward Differentiated Integration: The Visegrad Group in a Comparative Perspective

44 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2022

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Wojciech Gagatek

University of Warsaw

Daniel Płatek

Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS)

Piotr Płucienniczak

University of Warsaw

Date Written: June 28, 2022

Abstract

Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in diplomatic terms known as the Visegrad Group, or V4, used to be the frontrunners of democratic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. However, more recently, their attitudes toward various aspects of European integration underlined the heterogeneity of the enlarged EU and played an important reference point in the debates about the prospects for differentiated integration (DI). But while in diplomatic terms the Visegrad Group seems to build a block in many contemporary EU debates, can we observe a similar set of dynamics in these countries related to party politics and DI? Our goal in this working paper is to situate the case of the V4 in a comparative regional perspective and to address two major research questions: How salient is DI for political parties? How heterogeneous are the party positions toward DI? We do so primarily relying on manifesto data and newly collected data regarding the salience of DI in national parliamentary debates.

Keywords: Differentiated integration, European Union, party positions, Visegrad Group

Suggested Citation

Gagatek, Wojciech and Płatek, Daniel and Płucienniczak, Piotr, Party Positions Toward Differentiated Integration: The Visegrad Group in a Comparative Perspective (June 28, 2022). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSC_28, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4148745 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4148745

Wojciech Gagatek (Contact Author)

University of Warsaw ( email )

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

Daniel Płatek

Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) ( email )

3 Maja str. 2 m 164
Warsaw, 00-391
Poland

Piotr Płucienniczak

University of Warsaw ( email )

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

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