Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 41 (2016), 4

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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 41 (2016), 4
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Political Elites & the Crisis of European Integration

4 Hefte / Jahr; 280-400 Seiten / Heft
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350 S.
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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Janssen, Philip Jost


Lars Vogel & Juan Rodríguez-Teruel (Eds.):

National Political Elites and the Crisis of European Integration, Country Studies 2007-2014.

European Integration is currently facing tremendous challenges caused by a series of cumulating crises. Their onset was the global financial and economic crisis in 2008 that rapidly evolved into a sovereign debt crisis, further into a crisis of the Eurozone and led eventually to a political crisis of the entire EU. National political elites have been among the core actors to cope with these challenges. Their behaviour is driven by their Europeanness, i.e. their emotionally and rationally determined attitudes, cognitions and strategies regarding European Integration. To take elites’ greater influence accordingly into account this HSR Special Issue analyzes the shape and determinants of national elites’ Europeanness and the way it developed during the crises.

The analysis is based on country studies covering 10 EU Member States that represent the main regions within the EU and the salient conflict lines during these crises. It makes use of a unique research design that integrates three surveys among national parliamentarians conducted by the IntUne and the ENEC research projects in 2007, 2009 and 2014 thereby spanning the various stages of the crises. The contributions demonstrate that the crises have affected national elites’ Europeanness in complex ways that are determined by the diversing impact they had on the investigated countries and by how elites perceive the efficiency of supranational integration to cope with them. Beyond national differences, the general evaluations of Europeanness remain quite stable pro-European while preferences regarding the concrete organization of integration are rather prone to change. Elites’ Europeanness primarily shifts in countries, in which strong Eurosceptic parties gained ground during the mentioned crisis indicating that there is the still overwhelmingly pro-European elites are faced with the challenge of responsiveness to an increasingly Eurosceptic population.

Furthermore this HSR contains a Mixed Issue with three articles.

Abstracts of all contributions are available on our website <http://www.gesis.org/hsr/>. For orders, please contact <hsr-order@gesis.org>.



SPECIAL ISSUE – Political Elites & the Crisis of European Integration

Lars Vogel & Juan Rodríguez-Teruel
Staying on Course in Turbulent Times: National Political Elites and the Crisis of European Integration.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.7–37

Bojana Kocijan & Marko Kukec
From Hard Consensus to Soft Euroscepticism: Attitudes of Croatian MPs on EU Integration.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.38–60

Lars Vogel
Maintaining the Permissive Consensus in Times of Crises: The Europeanness of Germany’s Political Elites, 2007–2014.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.61–85

Yannis Tsirbas & Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos
Europe at the Epicenter of National Politics: The Attitudes of Greek Political Elites Towards the European Union and the Economic Crisis.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.86–105

Borbála Göncz & György Lengyel
Changing Attitudes of Hungarian Political Elites Towards the EU (2007–2014).
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.106–128

Nicolò Conti, Maurizio Cotta & Luca Verzichelli
The Economic Crisis and its Effects on the Attitudes of Italian Political Elites Towards the EU.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.129–149

Irmina Matonyte, Gintaras Šumskas & Vaidas Morkevičius
Europeanness of Lithuanian Political Elite: Europhilia, Russophobia and Neoliberalism.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.150–172

Pedro T. Magalhães, João Cancela & Catherine Moury
Scattered Clouds in the Horizon of Consensus: Attitudes of Portuguese Parliamentary Elites Towards Europe Before and After the Crisis.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.173–194

Matej Makarovič, Lea Prijon, Mateja Rek & Matevž Tomšič
The Strength of Pro-European Consensus Among Slovenian Political Elites.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.195–213

Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, José Real-Dato & Miguel Jerez
But Still Enthusiastic: The Unchanged Europeanness of the Spanish Parliamentary Elite During the Eurozone Crisis.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.214–238

Dobrinka Kostova
Report on Bulgaria: Elites’ Europeanness and their Trust in Institutions.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.239–253


Paul Puschmann, Robyn Donrovich, Per-Olof Grönberg, Graziela Dekeyser & Koen Matthijs
Disfavored in Life, Favored in Death? Later-Life Mortality Differences (Ages 30+) between Migrants and Natives in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Stockholm, 1850–1930.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.257–290

Ashkan Ashkpour, Kees Mandemakers & Onno Boonstra
Source Oriented Harmonization of Aggregate Historical Census Data: A Flexible and Accountable Approach in RDF.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.291–321

Niccolo Caldararo
Human Sacrifice, Capital Punishment, Prisons & Justice: The Function and Failure of Punishment and Search for Alternatives.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.41.2016.4.322–346

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