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Editorial

Editorial Comments: COVID-19 – EU Citizenship and the Right to Free Movement in a Public Health Crisis

Foreword to Vol. 9 (2021) of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law

Journal Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law, Issue 1 2021
Authors Laura Gyeney
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Laura Gyeney
Laura Gyeney: editor; associate professor of law, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest.
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Morality in the Populist Radical Right

A Computer-Assisted Morality Frame Analysis of a Prototype

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue Online First 2021
Keywords Populist radical right, morality, frame analysis, word2vec, crimmigration
Authors Job P.H. Vossen
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    This article provides a computer-assisted morality framing analysis of Vlaams Belang’s 2019 manifesto. The VB is regarded in the literature as a prototypical example of the Populist Radical Right (PRR). We first concisely review what PRR politics is and what it consists of, tentatively distinguishing four elements that we hypothesise will materialise in corresponding subframes running throughout the manifesto. We point to a mismatch between the omnipresent role of morality in all PRR subframes and the little attention devoted to the concept in the PRR literature. We introduce a useful theory from social psychology into framing literature to create a novel methodological approach to frame analysis that builds a bridge between a qualitative content and a quantitative context approach. The results support our hypothesis that populism, nationalism, nativism and authoritarianism can be distinguished from one another. Additionally, we detect a fifth PRR subframe, crimmigration, by its unique role of morality.


Job P.H. Vossen
Job Vossen is a PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp. His research investigates (im)morality in political discoursing and its interacting with fear, solidarity and gender and sexuality. The corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
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Is Euroscepticism Contagious?

How Mainstream Parties React to Eurosceptic Challengers in Belgian Parliaments

Journal Politics of the Low Countries, Issue Online First 2021
Keywords Euroscepticism, parliaments, party competition, Belgium, federalism
Authors Jordy Weyns and Peter Bursens
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    Euroscepticism has long been absent among Belgian political parties. However, since the start of the century, some Eurosceptic challengers have risen. This article examines the effect of Eurosceptic competition on the salience other parties give to the EU and on the positions these parties take in parliament. Using a sample of plenary debates in the federal and regional parliaments, we track each party’s evolution from 2000 until 2019. Our findings both contradict and qualify existing theories and findings on Eurosceptic competition. When facing Eurosceptic challengers, all parties raise salience fairly equally, but government and peripheral parties adopted (soft) Euroscepticism more often than other parties.


Jordy Weyns
Jordy Weyns is a recent graduate from Universiteit Antwerpen, and will soon start a PhD program at the European University Institute in Firenze.

Peter Bursens
Peter Bursens is professor of political science at Universiteit Antwerpen, at the research group Politics and Public Governance and the GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence.
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How Not to Build a Monetary Union?

The Structural Weaknesses of the EMU in the Light of the 2008 Crisis and the Institutional Reforms for Their Correction

Journal Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law, Issue 1 2018
Authors György Marinkás
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György Marinkás
Assistant professor, University of Miskolc.
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The Politicization of ex post Policy Evaluation in the EU

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 1-2 2017
Keywords policy evaluation, Better Regulation, participation, REFIT, politicization
Authors Stijn Smismans
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    The European Commission’s 2015 Better Regulation package has placed ex post evaluation at the centre of European governance. This strengthens a trend of gradual politicization of evaluation in European policymaking. This article analyses how the European Commission’s approach to ex post policy evaluation has changed over the last decade. It shows how evaluation has developed from a rather technical process to a more politicized process, which is clearly linked to political priority setting, subject to centralized control, and involving a wider set of actors. At the same time, the Commission avoids a profound debate on the merits and objectives of the process of evaluation itself. The article concludes on the merits and risks of evaluation at times of rising populism.


Stijn Smismans
Stijn Smismans is a professor of law at the School of Law and Politics and director of the Centre for European Law and Governance at Cardiff University.
Research Note

Waarom wijst zowel radicaallinks als radicaalrechts Europa af?

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2017
Authors Erika van Elsas, Armen Hakhverdian and Wouter van der Brug
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Erika van Elsas
Erika van Elsas is als postdoctoraal onderzoeker verbonden aan de programmagroep Political Communication & Journalism van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Haar interesses liggen op het gebied van kiezersonderzoek, politiek vertrouwen en euroscepticisme. Ze heeft gepubliceerd in onder meer Party Politics, The Socio-Economic Review, European Union Politics en The International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Armen Hakhverdian
Armen Hakhverdian is universitair hoofddocent politicologie aan de afdeling Politicologie van de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek naar politieke representatie, publieke opinie en sociale ongelijkheden verscheen in onder meer The Socio-economic Review, Journal of Politics en British Journal of Political Science en Comparative Political Studies. Zijn boek Nepparlement? Een pleidooi voor politiek hokjesdenken is verschenen bij Amsterdam University Press.

Wouter van der Brug
Wouter van der Brug is hoogleraar in de politicologie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op vergelijkend onderzoek naar collectief politiek gedrag, in het bijzonder kiezersonderzoek, rechtsextremisme, politiek vertrouwen en politieke partijen. Zijn onderzoek verscheen in een groot aantal tijdschriften. Recent verschenen onder zijn coredactie onder meer The politicisation of migration (Routledge, 2015) en (Un)intended consequences of European Parliament elections (Oxford UP, 2016).
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Aan de knoppen maar uit de pas?

Euroscepsis en euro-enthousiasme onder Nederlandse ambtenaren

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2016
Keywords Euroscepticism, representative bureaucracy, civil service, public opinion, the Netherlands, public administration
Authors Caspar van den Berg, Sebastiaan Princen and Ellen Mastenbroek
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    National officials play an important role in all phases of the EU policy process and are often assumed to be more euro-enthusiastic than other citizens. Yet, thus far systematic knowledge on their views on EU integration is lacking. This study fills this gap through recently collected survey data among Dutch officials (N = 3509). We find first that at least for officials, hard and soft euroscepticism are no gradations on the same scale, but separate dimensions. Second, both sociological and rational choice institutionalism help explain bureaucratic euroscepticism, where the latter seems to have a somewhat stronger explanatory power. Third, officials are on average indeed more euro-enthusiastic than other citizens. However, (a) relatively fewer officials are strongly euro-enthusiastic compared to the general population; (b) the total share of eurosceptics among officials is practically the same as the general population, and (c) significantly more officials report to be ‘strongly eurosceptic’ than among the wider population.


Caspar van den Berg
Caspar van den Berg is universitair hoofddocent aan het Instituut Bestuurskunde van de Universiteit Leiden.

Sebastiaan Princen
Sebastiaan Princen is hoogleraar bestuur en beleid in de Europese Unie aan het Departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap van de Universiteit Utrecht.

Ellen Mastenbroek
Ellen Mastenbroek is hoogleraar European Public Policy aan de Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen van de Radboud Universiteit.
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‘A touchstone of consent?’

Euroscepticisme in consensusdemocratieën

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2016
Keywords euroscepticism, consensus democracy, political trust, national institutions
Authors Louise Hoon
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    This article looks at national political institutions and euroscepticism. Over a timespan of 25 years, I compare values for majoritarian vs consensus democracy for 14 European democracies, with measures for euroscepticism at the levels of party systems, elections and public opinion. Consistent with the thesis that consensus democracy generates more system-opposition at the national level, this regime type is also more sensitive to euroscepticism. This is not the case, however, for France and the UK, two very eurosceptic majoritarian democracies. The study also shows that a context of socio-economic crisis (2008-2014) turns this relationship around, as increased conflict within society demands for more consensus at the elite level. The study essentially argues that euroscepticism still is ‘a touchstone of dissent’ for national politics. However, the extent to which national democracies generate this dissent, and especially, whether it is channelled by eurosceptic parties, depends on the dominance of consensus in the domestic institutional context.


Louise Hoon
Louise Hoon is doctoraal onderzoeker aan de Faculteit Economische en Sociale Wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

    This paper provides a dialectical-historical description of the EU's constitutional discourse. It is argued that the early Community's member state blind principle of justice implied the notion of a European political community and led to the establishment of fair procedures for decision making. This coming of age of an encompassing European constitutional narrative of justice and fairness prompted the question of the demarcation between the political role of the European political community and that of member states' political communities. The answer proved to be subsidiarity. However, subsidiarity has introduced national conceptions of justice in the Union's constitutional discourse, at the risk of making European justice dependent on national conceptions of justice.


Dries Cools
Dries Cools works at the National Bank of Belgium and holds a Master of Laws and a Master in Philosophy of the KU Leuven and an LL.M. of Harvard Law School.

Luigi Corrias
Luigi Corrias is Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Theory and Legal History at VU University Amsterdam.
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Access_open Company Tax Integration in the European Union during Economic Crisis – Why and How?

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 1 2014
Keywords company tax harmonisation, EU law, Internal Market, taxation policies
Authors Anna Sting LL.M
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    Company tax integration in the EU is yet to be realised. This article first outlines the main benefits of company tax integration for the Economic and Monetary Union, and also discusses the main legal obstacles the EU Treaties pose for harmonisation of company tax. The main problem identified is the unanimity requirement in the legal basis of Article 115 TFEU. As this requirement is currently not feasible in the political climate of the debt crisis, this article assesses possible reasons for and ways to further fiscal integration. It considers Treaty change, enhanced cooperation, soft law approaches and also indirect harmonisation through the new system of economic governance. Eventually, a possible non-EU option is considered. However, this article recommends making use of the current EU law framework, such as soft law approaches and the system of the new economic governance to achieve a more subtle and less intrusive tax harmonisation, or instead a Treaty change that would legitimately enhance and further economic integration in the field of taxation.


Anna Sting LL.M
PhD Candidate at the Department of International and European Union Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The author would like to thank the organisers of the seminar on Company Tax Integration in the European Union, as well as the participants of the seminar of 11 June 2013 for their comments, as well as Prof. Fabian Amtenbrink for comments on an earlier draft of this paper.

Sarah Seeger
Sarah Seeger is a researcher at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at the LMU Munich. This article is based on a paper presented at the international conference “The Lisbon Reform Treaty: Internal and External Implications” at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 13-14 July 2008. I am grateful to Dr. Guy Harpaz, an anonymous referee, Dr. Carlos Closa and the participants of the conference for their helpful comments.
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Euroscepticisme in België

Economische belangen, culturele identiteit en politiek wantrouwen

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2008
Keywords Euroscepticism, interests, identity, trust
Authors Koen Abts, Dirk Heerwegh and Marc Swyngedouw
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    This article tries to analyse and improve the individual-level approaches to the study of public Euroscepticism in Belgium. In recent literature, three approaches focusing on instrumental, cultural and political cues can be distinguished. First, the utilitarian approach associates Euroscepticism with economic interests. Second, the cultural approach draws on cultural attitudes and affective identities. Third, the political approach associates support for European integration with political effi cacy and institutional trust. Drawing upon Belgian data from the IntUne Project 2007, the results show that negative evaluations of the benefits of European membership, social distrust in European fellow citizens and institutional distrust in the EU are the most important determinants of Euroscepticism, while education, national attachment, exclusive identity and political powerlessness have a minor impact.


Koen Abts
Koen Abts (1975) is vrijwillig medewerker aan het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek van de KULeuven. Hij bereidt een proefschrift voor over de etnopopulistische politiek van het ressentiment. Zijn onderzoeksinteresses liggen op het vlak van ressentiment, etnocentrisme, politiek cynisme, extreemrechts stemgedrag en populisme.

Dirk Heerwegh
Dirk Heerwegh (1977) is deeltijds docent aan het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek van de KULeuven en postdoctoraal onderzoeker van het FWO Vlaanderen. Zijn onderzoek situeert zich op het domein van survey-methodologie en statistische analysemethoden.

Marc Swyngedouw
Marc Swyngedouw (1956) is gewoon hoogleraar aan het Centrum voor Sociologisch Onderzoek van de KULeuven. Hij is directeur van het Instituut voor Sociaal en Politiek Opinieonderzoek (ISPO). Zijn onderzoeksinteresses omvatten politieke sociologie, verkiezingsonderzoek, extreemrechts stemgedrag, waardenonderzoek en etnische minderheden.
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