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Europeanisation of Slovak Parties’ Programmatic Documents for EP Elections: A Drop in the Bucket, or a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Jan Kovář
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Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2014-0004

Abstract

Elections to the European Parliament fall within the category of second-order elections. Because there is less at stake in these types of contests voters behave differently when casting votes. But the question remains: do political parties also perceive that there is less at stake in these elections and behave differently than in national first-order elections? This paper conducts a content analysis, within a comparative framework, of selected Slovak political parties’ programmatic documents for EP elections to explicitly link the SOE model to independent behaviour of political parties. The results show that Slovak parties’ Euromanifestos feature an apparent degree of Europeanisation and exhibited only limited second-order characteristics. Consequently, these findings are discussed in the light of relevant literature.

Abstraktné

Volby do Evropského parlamentu spadají do kategorie voleb druhého řádu. V takovém typu voleb je méně v sázce a proto se v nich voliči chovají odlišně než v prvořadých volbách. Otázkou však zůstává: vnímají také politické strany, že je v druhořadých volbách méně v sázce a chovají se tedy odlišně než v národních volbách prvého řádu? Tato studie provádí komparativní obsahovou analýzu volebních programů pro volby do Evropského parlamentu vybraných slovenských politických stran s cílem integrovat teorii voleb druhého řádu s chováním politických stran. Výsledky ukazují, že volební programy pro volby do Evropského parlamentu slovenských politických stran vykazují zjevný stupeň europeizace a zároveň vykazují pouze omezené druhořadé charakteristiky. Tyto výsledky jsou v závěru zhodnoceny ve světle relevantní odborné literatury.

Keywords: European Parliament elections; second-order elections; political parties; Europeanisation; election manifestos; Slovakia

Klíčová slova: volby do Evropského parlamentu; volby druhého řádu; politické strany; europeizace; volební programy; Slovensko

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Jan Kovář

Jan Kovář is the chief analyst of the Prague-based think-tank Evropské hodnoty o.s.


Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2014-01-01


Citation Information: Slovak Journal of Political Sciences, ISSN (Online) 1335-9096 , DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2014-0004.

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