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Euroscepticism in right-wing parties A comparison of three emerging right-wing parties

Schneider, C.M. (2014) Euroscepticism in right-wing parties A comparison of three emerging right-wing parties.

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Abstract:This thesis uses qualitative content analysis to classify and compare three Eurosceptic parties. Vasilopoulou (2013) is used as it is a typology especially for right-wing parties. Party manifestos and speeches of party leaders were analysed and used to classify the German newly founded Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), the Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV), and the British United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). The PVV and the UKIP were classified as ‘Rejecting Euroscepticism’ while the AfD was classified as the type ‘Conditional Euroscepticism’. The most striking difference found between the parties is their view of Europe which influences their rhetoric and positions on the European Union. The parties also have topics in common; their view of immigration and the result of this immigration on the welfare state, but ultimately the differences in their view of Europe prevent cooperation between the parties.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65024
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