Euroscepticism: parties, policies and people

Course Information
TitleEuroscepticism: parties, policies and people / Euroscepticism: parties, policies and people
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorEftichia Teperoglou
Course ID600022582

Programme of Study: International Studies: Specialization in European Studies

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completing successfully the course, students will have the knowledge of the basic principles as well as the latest developments in the study of Euroscepticism as one of the main subjects of European studies. They will be able to critically evaluate the theoretical models of the specific scientific field. At the same time, they will have acquired the appropriate methodological background, so that they can operationalize concepts related to the subject of the course and use the tools of comparative political analysis in a correct and coherent way.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar focuses on the study of Euroscepticism at different levels: political elites, parties, voters as well as the consequences of the phenomenon in a range of European Union policies. The main objective of the seminar is to offer an in depth analysis of Euroscepticism both in a theoretical and a methodological as well as empirical perspective across the member states of the European Union at a comparative and longitudinal level. Using different study sources (comparative surveys from Eurobarometers and other public opinion surveys, party manifestos for European elections, reports of the European Parliament among others), the participants will have the possibility to analyze the effects of Euroscepticism in the European public sphere. The main thematic sections and corresponding sub-sections of the course are the following: 1. Introduction: The concept of Euroscepticism. Introduction to the study of Euroscepticism at three levels: political elites, parties and voters • From permissive consensus to constraining dissent and the sleeping giant concept • The growing "politicization" of the European sphere. Evidence from European elections and the axes of political competition • Its main "schools" of interpretation 2. Typologies of Euroscepticism 3. Euroscepticism and political parties • From Old and new cleavages: from the theoretical model of Lipset & Rokkan to the "transnational cleavage". Study of dimensions of ideological space in the EU • Types of Eurosceptic parties. The role of protest parties • Study of the salience of European issues by national political parties 4.EU multi-level governance and the rise of Euroscepticism • The European Parliament and European political groups • ii. Political parties at European level • The role of Spitzenkandidaten 5.Voters and Euroscepticism • Eurosceptic tendencies in the national political scene • Eurosceptic tendencies in the European elections • The “second order national elections” model • Abstention in European elections and Euroscepticism • EU issue voting and Euroscepticism 6. Euroscepticism and the media 7. Methodological issues in the study of Euroscepticism • Appropriate indicators through the comparison of research programs • ii. The study of European manifestos • Expert surveys and repositories 8.Trust towards the EU, populism and Euroscepticism 9. European Union and multiple crises: from the economic crisis, to immigration, to the pandemic and to the war in Ukraine 10. Summary: challenges and prospects in the study of Euroscepticism
European elections, euroscepticism, parties, public opinion, european integration, European Parliament, second order elections
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Podcast
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1104
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities60.2
Written assigments1003.6
Student Assessment
20% Attendance and participation 30% short presentations in the class 50% Final essay and presentation Initially, the main aim is to understand, analyze and synthesize theoretical and empirical studies. This will be achieved by reviewing, synthesizing and critically evaluating the relevant literature At the same time, the students will acquire knowledge both about the process of the European integration and about the European institutions with an emphasis on the role of the European Parliament and on the European elections Students will have the opportunity to acquire the skills for individual scientific work. With the guidance of the instructor of the course during the whole semester and by encouraging free, creative and inductive way of thinking, they will be able to write an individual scientific essay.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Report (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Ενδεικτική βιβλιογραφία Anderson, C. J. (1998) ‘When in doubt, use proxies: attitudes toward domestic politics and support for European integration’, Comparative Political Studies, 31 (5), 569–60. Bakker, R., de Vries, C., Edwards, E., Hooghe, L., Jolly, S., Marks, G., Polk, J., Rovny, J., Steenbergen, M. &Vachudova, M. A. (2015) Measuring party positions in Europe: The Chapel Hill expert survey trend file, 1999–2010. Party Politics, 21, 143-152. Boomgaarden, H., Schuck, A., Elenbaas, M. & de Vreese, D. (2011) ‘Mapping EU attitudes: conceptual and empirical dimensions of euroscepticism and EU support’, European Union Politics, 12 (2), 241–266. Braun, D. & Schmitt, H. (2020) Different emphases, same positions? The election manifestos of political parties in the EU multilevel electoral system compared. Party Politics, 26, 640-650. de Vries, C. (2010) EU Issue Voting: Asset or Liability? How European Integration Affects Parties’ Electoral Fortunes. European Union Politics, 11, 89-117. Eichenberg, R. C. & Dalton, R. (2007) Post-Maastricht Blues: The Transformation of Citizen Support for European Integration, 1973-2004. Acta Politica, 42, 128-152. Gabel, M. & Palmer, H. (1995) ‘Understanding variation in public support for European integration’, European Journal of Political Research,27(1), 3–19. Hix, S. (1999) “Dimensions and Alignments in European Union Politics: Cognitive Constraints and Partisan Responses.” European Journal of Political Research 35(1): 69–106. Hix, S. & Lord, Chr. (1997) Political Parties in the European Union. Hobolt, S. B. & Wratil, C. (2015) ‘Public opinion and the crisis: the dynamics of support for the euro’, Journal of European Policy, 22 (2): 238–256. Hooghe, L. & Marks, G. (2001) Multi-Level Governance and European Integration, Lanham et al., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Hooghe, L. & Marks, G. (2009) A Postfunctionalist Theory of European Integration: From Permissive Consensus to Constraining Dissensus. British Journal of Political Science, 39, 1-23 Hooghe, L. & Marks, G. (2018) ‘Cleavage theory meets Europe’s crises: Lipset, Rokkan, and the transnational cleavage’, Journal of European Public Policy, 25 (1), 109–135. Hooghe, L., Marks, G. & Wilson, C. J. (2002) Does Left/Right Structure Party Positions on European Integration? Comparative Political Studies, 35, 965-989. Hutter, S. & Grande, E. (2014) Politicizing Europe in the national electoral arena: A comparative analysis of five West European countries, 1970-2010. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52, 1002-1018 Kriesi, H. (2018) ‘The implications of the euro crisis for democracy’, Journal of European Public Policy, 25 (1), 59–82. Ladrech, R. (2015) Europeanization of national politics: The centrality of political parties. IN Magone, J. M. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of European Politics. London/New York, Routledge. Marks, G. & Steenbergen, M. (2004) European Integration and Political Conflict, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. Marks, G., Wilson, C. J. & Ray, L. (2002) National Political Parties and European Integration. American Journal of Political Science, 46, 585-594. Reif, K. & Schmitt, H. (1980) Nine Second-Order National Elections - A Conceptual Framework for the Analysis of European Election Results. European Journal of Political Research, 8, 3-44. Schmitt, H. (Ed.) (2010) European Parliament Elections after Eastern Enlargement, London, Routledge. Schmitt, H., Sanz, A., Braun, D. & Teperoglou, E. (2020) It all happens at once: Understanding electoral behavior in second-order elections. Politics and Governance, 8, 6-18. Schmitt, Η. & Teperoglou, Ε. (2018) “ Voting behavior in multi-level electoral systems”, in Justin Fisher, Edward Fieldhouse, Mark N. Franklin, Rachel Gibson, Marta Cantijoch and Christopher Wlezien The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion, Abingdon: Routledge, 232-243 Teperoglou, E. & Belchior, A.M (2020) Ιs ‘Old Southern Europe’ Still Eurosceptic? Determinants of Mass Attitudes before, during and after the Eurozone Crisis, South European Society and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2020.1805878 van der Eijk, C., Franklin, M. & Marsh, M. (1996) What Voters Teach Us About Europe-Wide Elections: What Europe-Wide Elections Teach Us About Voters. Electoral Studies, 15, 149-166. Van Elsas, E., Hakhverdian, A. & Van der Brug, W. (2016) ‘United against a common foe? The nature and origins of euroscepticism among left-wing and right-wing voters’, West European Politics, 39 (6), 1181–1204.
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