Critical Perspectives Towards the European Union

  • Marco Baldassari
  • Emanuele Castelli
  • Matteo Truffelli
  • Giovanni Vezzani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Marco Baldassari, Giovanni Vezzani
    Pages 1-9
  3. Theoretical Approaches and Quantitative Analysis

  4. Europe in Times of Crisis

  5. Cases

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-200

About this book


The book analyzes different critical attitudes towards European integration from a multidisciplinary perspective. By applying both quantitative and normative-theoretical approaches, the contributors assess the causes and effects of the popularity of EU-critical positions and doctrines, such as souverainism, neo-nationalism and neo-populism. The book also presents country studies to compare populist movements and parties, such as the Five Stars Movement in Italy, Syriza in Greece and UKIP in the UK. It offers insights into the historical and normative roots of the diverse anti-European standpoints, and the various political demands and agendas connected with these views, ranging from rejections of EU institutions to demands for institutional reforms and propositions for alternative projects.


Anti-Europeanism Populism Opposition to the European Union EU integration History of the European Union Euroscepticism Critiques of the EU European identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Marco Baldassari
    • 1
  • Emanuele Castelli
    • 2
  • Matteo Truffelli
    • 3
  • Giovanni Vezzani
    • 4
  1. 1.The European College of Parma FoundationParmaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Law, Politics and International StudiesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural IndustriesUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly
  4. 4.Center for Studies in European and International AffairsUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly

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