The representation gap: Why ignoring Euroscepticism has opened the door for extremist parties

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Publication Date 25/02/2016
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How should mainstream parties react to increasing Euroscepticism among voters across Europe? Robert Rohrschneider and Stephen Whitefield argue that the failure of mainstream parties to alter their positions on European integration in light of these shifts in public opinion has left a significant representational gap for extreme anti-integration parties to fill. They notice a difference between western European and eastern European countries, remarking that the latter have better managed to integrate growing scepticism about the EU, although the examples of Hungary and Poland demonstrate that the adoption of Eurosceptic stances is by no means a firewall against extreme politics.

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