European Elections and Domestic Politics

Lessons from the Past and Scenarios for the Future

Edited by Wouter van der Brug and Cees van der Eijk

Contemporary European Politics and Society

This book analyzes how the behavior of voters, parties, and the mass media in European Parliament elections affects domestic politics and how, in turn, domestic politics affects those behaviors. The contributors discuss election turnout and party choice, the contract between the European Parliament and national elections, the importance of citizens’ attitudes toward European integration, the relationship between political parties’ domestic policies and their stances on European integration, and the ways in which the mass media and election campaigns affect electoral outcomes. On the basis of this information, the authors present possible scenarios for future European elections and their relationship to the domestic politics of the EU member-states.

The product of superb empirical research, European Elections and Domestic Politics is based on a unique combination of data from voter surveys, party manifestos, and mass media reports across all members of the European Union. This book will be essential for anyone interested in the future of the EU.

“The definitive analysis of elections to the European Parliament, by a first-rate line-up of scholars, this study provides a masterclass on understanding the way that European elections, national politics, and the process of EU integration interact in complex and unexpected ways. An invaluable study for those interested in elections and voting behavior, European democracy, comparative politics, political communications, and political parties.” —Pippa Norris, Director, Democratic Governance Group, United Nations Development Program and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

“This book represents the best of the intersection on EU studies and the study of Comparative European politics. This sort of scholarship is the cornerstone of those interested in the domestic politics of European integration. . . . A work of the first order of quality.” —Paul Taggart, University of Sussex

“This is the most comprehensive book ever written on European Parliament elections. For the first time, the latest research on voter turnout, voting behavior, party manifestos, election outcomes, the effect of the elections on national politics, and media coverage of European Parliament elections has been brought together in a single volume.” —Simon Hix, London School of Economics

Wouter van der Brug is professor of politics at the University of Amsterdam. He is co-author (with Cees van der Eijk) of The Economy and the Vote.

Cees van der Eijk is professor of social science research methods at the University of Nottingham.

CONTRIBUTORS: Cees van der Eijk, Wouter van der Brug, Mark N. Franklin, Marcel van Egmond, Michael Marsh, Andreas M. Wüst, Hermann Schmitt, Angelika Scheuer, Claes H. de Vreese, Edmund Lauf, Jochen Peter, Martin Kroh, Jacques Thomassen, Holli Semetko, and Stefano Bartolini.