About this book
This book examines how European issues have played out in Serbian and Croatian party politics since 2000, in the context of significant challenges brought by European integration of the Western Balkans. It provides a comprehensive analysis of how political parties in these countries have determined and shifted their positions on the EU, by exploring the effect and interaction of party ideology and strategy, position within the party system, relations with the general public and voters as well as transnational party linkages. The author argues that the particular nature of European issues, closely related to crucial identity and statehood dilemmas in these post-conflict societies, largely determined party stances on the EU, feeding significant Eurosceptic sentiments. At the same time, a number of core parties underwent a rapid pro-EU conversion, pragmatically responding to internal and external incentives in the context of dynamic electoral competition and strong EU presence, and aimed at maximising their chances of securing executive office. The book will be of interest to advanced students and scholars in the fields of comparative politics, Western Balkan politics, and EU studies.
Political parties and the European Union Serbia and the European Union Croatia and the European Union party attitudes towards the EU Serbian party politics Croatian party politics party ideology impact on EU attitudes political responses to public preferences Socialist Party of Serbia Serbian Progressive Party The Democratic Party of Serbia transnational party attitudes towards the EU The European People’s Party The Croatian Democratic Union EU politics in the Western Balkans Party Responses to the EU EU politics in the Western Balkans EU politics