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Öhlén, Mats
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Öhlén, M. (2019). The European Parliament and the Europe 2020 strategy: An arena for public debate or political entrepreneurship?. In: Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander, Brigitte Pircher (Ed.), Smart, sustainable and inclusive growth: political entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe. Cheltenhem, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The European Parliament and the Europe 2020 strategy: An arena for public debate or political entrepreneurship?
2019 (English)In: Smart, sustainable and inclusive growth: political entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander, Brigitte Pircher, Cheltenhem, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the European Parliament in the light of agenda Europe 2020 with a specific focus on the transnational party groups. It starts with clarifying the legal and institutional framework for Europe 2020 and to what degree the European Parliament is involved in the agenda-setting stage, actual creation, decision process and implementation process. Thus, what have been the openings and possibilities for political entrepreneurship of the party groups and of individual members of Parliament? Secondly, it identifies the main issues around Europe 2020 which have been up for debate in the European Parliament. The main interest here lies in whether the conflicts concerns transnational ideological issues (like economic issues between Left and Right or between growth and sustainability) or domestic interests. Thirdly, it identifies examples of political entrepreneurship strategies among the party groups and their individual members. It is important to remember that the European party families are present in each EU-institution. Consequently, there is room for informal influence may on fellow party sympathisers in other key EU institutions like the Commission or the Council.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenhem, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Keywords
European parliament, Europe 2020 Strategy, Political entrepreneurship, party groups
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30660 (URN)9781788974080 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-08-30 Created: 2019-08-30 Last updated: 2019-09-02Bibliographically approved
Öhlén, M. & Karlsson, M. (2018). East-West convergence or divergence?: The (possible) influence of the European People’s Party on affiliated parties in Central and Eastern Europe 1990-2014. In: : . Paper presented at "The European Union: Inside/Out" Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science: Annual Spring Conference, University of Gothenburg, 19-20 April 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>East-West convergence or divergence?: The (possible) influence of the European People’s Party on affiliated parties in Central and Eastern Europe 1990-2014
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the (possible) ideological influence of Europarties on their member parties in Central and Eastern Europe. The specific focus of the study is the Christian democratic European People’s Party (EPP) and the main theoretical point of departure is the theoretical framework for Europarty cooperation, developed by Poguntke and von dem Berge. The analysis is based on elections manifesto data from 1990 to 2015. The aim is to provide an overview on possible trends of convergence (or divergence) between the Western and Eastern EPP-affiliated parties and to evaluate the extent of influence that the EPP has exerted on Christian democratic and conservative parties in Central and Eastern Europe. The analysis is based on a mean-value comparison of the West European member parties and the affiliated parties from post-communist countries when it comes to Left-Right positions and issue specific positions. Furthermore the analysis is complemented with in-depth analysis of specific cases. Finally the relevance of party size is evaluated in relation to ideological convergence and Europarty influence.

Keywords
Ideological convergence, Europarty, Europeanisation, Christian democracy
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-29137 (URN)
Conference
"The European Union: Inside/Out" Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science: Annual Spring Conference, University of Gothenburg, 19-20 April 2018
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved
Silander, D. & Öhlén, M. (Eds.). (2016). Svensk politik och EU: Hur svensk politik har förändrats av medlemskapet i. Santérus Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Svensk politik och EU: Hur svensk politik har förändrats av medlemskapet i
2016 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Santérus Förlag, 2016
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-23365 (URN)9789173591119 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-15 Created: 2016-11-15 Last updated: 2016-11-15Bibliographically approved
Öhlén, M. (2015). The influence of EU membership on Sweden’s political parties and party system: a preliminary research design. In: : . Paper presented at SWEPSA årsmöte 2015, 14-16 oktober på Försvarshögskolan.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The influence of EU membership on Sweden’s political parties and party system: a preliminary research design
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-23367 (URN)
Conference
SWEPSA årsmöte 2015, 14-16 oktober på Försvarshögskolan
Available from: 2016-11-15 Created: 2016-11-15 Last updated: 2016-11-15Bibliographically approved
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