Europe in Political Turmoil. Explaining Party Politics and Electoral Dynamics in European Welfare Democracies
As part of the joint conference Sciences Po / European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on the European Union. This year’s conference theme is “Contradictions – Whither the Political, Economic and Social Integration of Europe?
Europe’s political landscapes are in turmoil, and new radical parties challenge the established political order. The process of European integration is more and more contested politically.
This panel, based on a recently published book, locates Europe’s contemporary challenges within the longer economic and political trajectories of its “welfare democracies”. Based on the analysis of the specific structures of political competition and voter-party links in different European democracies, it presents a general understanding of the political and economic turmoil of the last decades. The panel provides an analytical framework that links welfare states to party systems, combining recent contributions to the comparative political economy of the welfare state and insights from party and electoral politics. It states three phenomena…