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Is the European Parliament committed to liberal democracy anymore? : the political discourse in the European parliament : norm contestation of liberal democracy

Benitez, D. (2019) Is the European Parliament committed to liberal democracy anymore? : the political discourse in the European parliament : norm contestation of liberal democracy.

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Abstract:This paper deals with the (reactive and proactive) contestation of norms of liberal democracy inside the European Parliament (EP), particularly by Members of the EP (MEPs). The focus is on key plenary debates relating to developments in Hungary, Poland, Malta, Romania and Spain. By using discourse analysis, the researcher first, assesses the contested interpretations of liberal democracy among MEPs and second, reveals the underlying patterns of position taking by taking into account regional and EP party group affinities. It shows that some values and norms that the EU basically has been founded upon are being eroded by the new profiles of normative contestation that however strongly pertain to ideological considerations. The results yield that a transformative change depends on the outcome of the European Parliament elections this May.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77730
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