First time in the European Parliament Elections: Central and Eastern Europe in the 2004 European Parliament Elections

Irena Bačlija, Kenneth Ka-Lok Chan

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Abstract

The first European Parliament elections in the new Member States in Central and Eastern Europe demonstrated a profound paradox in terms of being a feedback process of European integration. At the elite level, the accession to the European Union has offered political parties and their leaders both new opportunities as well as a new set of issues with the emergence of a significant divide over the meanings of European integration. At the mass level, however, the first European Parliament elections were ignored by a vast majority of voters. This paper serves as a systematic analysis of the subject. Our objective is three-fold: to explain a lack of interest in the polls, to examine the domestic political dynamics leading to the elections and to consider the implications of the elections for the workings of the enlarged European Union. As for the prospects for European integration, it is important to note that one may no longer assume a supportive cross-party consensus in the new Member States on the EU. Rather, popular antipathy towards the EU is expected to rise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-131
Number of pages23
JournalDruzboslovne Razprave
Volume20
Issue number46-47
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

User-Defined Keywords

  • elections
  • European Parliament
  • turnout
  • Euroscepticism

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