Opposing the EU - Euroscepticism in Central Europe; A recent phenomenon caused by the denial of Communist legacies?

Heijnk, Dominik (2014) Opposing the EU - Euroscepticism in Central Europe; A recent phenomenon caused by the denial of Communist legacies?

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Abstract:The notion of what refers to Central Europe remains quite debated amongst scholars since one cannot easily draw administrative borders and simultaneously neglect the crucial historical backgrounds of the particular countries. Central Europe, as not just a geographic but much more cultural region, is in such a way sophisticated and complex that it must indeed be analysed in full detail in terms of a holistic approach. By means of this Bachelor Thesis it shall be analysed how the EU is ultimately recognising Central Europe and rehabilitating its Communist legacy. Correspondingly, the focus will turn to possible explanations of Central European Euroscepticism that has particularly started to develop in Central Europe after 2006/2007, thus after a few years of EU membership – An indicator of not being taken seriously? Being denied? The central research question of this paper is thus as follows: To what extent has the misrecognition of Central Europe led to an increasing level of Central European Euroscepticism since the Eastern Enlargement in 2004? In order to find an answer to this question, this research project follows a completely novel approach in revealing the notion of Euroscepticism at the elite level, in opposition to former scholars who have merely analysed public opinion polls, survey results and socio-economic aspects regarding Euroscepticism on the mass-level.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:71 sociology, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66493
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