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The politics of EU accession

Ideology, party strategy and the European question in Hungary

By Agnes Batory

The politics of EU accession

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7528-5
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £60.00
  • Published Date: April 2008
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / General, Politics & government, Politics
  • Series: Europe in Change

Description

How do parties adopt and change positions on the European question? How do they balance the demands placed upon them by ideology, voters and participation in coalition government? What are the sources of Euroscepticism, and how widespread is it among the parties and the public? This book addresses these questions by examining the politics of Hungary's accession to the European Union, from the early 1990s to 2004. The book provides a conceptually grounded yet accessible analysis of the way questions related to EU membership, and European integration in general, are channelled into political life.
Starting with a comparative exploration of the impact of European integration on party politics in Western and Eastern Europe, the book goes on to review the Hungarian political parties' history, ideological profiles, electoral competition and coalition-building in government and opposition, as well as the dynamics of public opinion. It will be of interest to academics concerned with the contestation of European integration in EU member states, and specifically with party politics in Central and Eastern European.

Author

Agnes Batory is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies at Central European University, Budapest

Contents

List of tables
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. The contestation of European integration in national politics
2. A short political history of modern Hungary
3. Party ideology and attitudes to Europe
4. Public opinion
5. Parties and voters
6. The government-opposition relationship
7. The politics of coalition-building
8. The referendum on EU membership
Conclusion
References
IndexList of tables
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The contestation of European integration in national politics
2 A short political history of modern Hungary
3 Party ideology and attitudes to Europe
4 Public opinion
5 Parties and voters
6 The government-opposition relationship
7 The politics of coalition-building
8 The referendum on EU membership
Conclusion
References

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