Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
Christian B. Jensen
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Eurosceptic political parties are predicted to over perform in second-order elections such as the European Parliamentary (EP) elections. Yet, not all eurosceptic parties have been successful in taking electoral advantage of their second-order electoral benefits. I argue that EP voters respond to EP legislative behavior and reward eurosceptic parties that actively oppose the EU by posing questions and attending plenary sessions, while EP voters punish eurosceptic parties that do not actively participate in the EP. Furthermore, the media provide the vital link between eurosceptic party EP legislative engagement and EP voters by providing increased levels of media exposure for engaged eurosceptic parties. There is an electoral benefit to public grandstanding, and eurosceptics who engage strategically are able to tap into EP voter malaise in ways that extend beyond mere anti-EU ideology.
European Parliament; Euroscepticism; Legislative Behavior; Second-Order Elections
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Henceroth, Nathan William, "The Engaged Eurosceptic: Explaining Eurosceptic Success and Failures in European Parliamentary Elections" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2981.
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