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Evropeizace politických stran a zájmových skupin: základní problémy a směry analýzy
The Europeanization of Political Parties and Pressure Groups: Basic Problems and Directions of Analysis

Author(s): Markéta Pitrová, Pavel Pšeja, Petr Suchý, Vít Hloušek, Petr Fiala
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: Europeanization; Political Parties; Pressure Groups; New EU-Member Countries; Politics

Summary/Abstract: The article tries to evaluate the Europeanization research agenda from the point of view of a politics-sphere and actor-centered approach. The authors postulate that the concept of Europeanization is lacking in regards to problems of political process and its dominant actors – political parties and interest/pressure groups. The article consists of several parts. First, a critical examination of existing Europeanization conceptualizations is provided. Second, the impact of democratic transition and consolidation upon Europeanization in new member countries of the EU (and in potential candidate states) is examined. Third, ways of necessary adaptation suitable for analyzing politics in terms of Europeanization are suggested and discussed. The article concludes with sections devoted to agenda-setting for research about the Europeanization of political parties and interest groups. The overall tenor of the article is to point out the necessity of integrating Europeanization-related issues, methodological, and research tasks into a broader framework of comparative politics/comparative government; and that the theoretical basis of actor-oriented Europeanization research should be drawn more from this area of political science than it has been in previous research.

  • Issue Year: XIII/2006
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-26
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Czech