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The radical right in Europe, between slogans and voting behavior

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Coni, Nicolò

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract The paper analyzes the radical right‘s attitudes toward the EU focusing in particular on the level of congruence between the programmatic statements of the central office and the voting behavior of their MEPs. It shows that although radical right parties represent a source of opposition to the EU, within the EP they express their dissent making use of the rules of the game, voting with the opposition more than the other forces do, but voting almost as much with the majority. The party public office in the EP is inserted in the legislative process and even more collusive with the other parties of both sides of the political spectrum than the Eurosceptical rhetoric and statements of central office makes the public believe.
Keywords Europe; political right; EU; European Parliament; voting behavior; voting; parliamentary election; political program; analysis
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Wien
Page/Pages 20 p.
Series Reihe Politikwissenschaft / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Politikwissenschaft, 123
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications