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Why Europe?

Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration

Edited By Alina Bârgăoanu, Raluca Buturoiu and Loredana Radu

This publication tackles strategies for bridging the widening gap between the EU and its citizens. It focuses on new theoretical and empirical frameworks about EU media frames and narratives, political discourse and citizens’ perceptions in order to promote a critical, yet constructive approach to the role of communication in the process of European integration. It has been acknowledged that the least problem the EU has is a communication problem. Communication is largely ineffective against a rising sentiment of injustice and inequality among increasingly diverse national, social and political groupings across the EU. Therefore, the authors underline how EU communication and EU public sphere can shape common representations of what can unite us as Europeans.

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Mainstreaming Nationalism? The Case of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) (Andrada Nimu / Clara Volintiru)

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Andrada Nimu and Clara Volintiru

Mainstreaming Nationalism? The Case of the Law and Justice Party (PiS)

Abstract: In this chapter we analyze the Law and Justice Party, by constructing a framework that accounts for multiple angles of its development. Our findings suggest that the party’s strategy of identifying with some of the key contentious issues that the public is deeply engaged with has pushed it from the periphery of the party system to the mainstream.

Most of the political parties in Europe face significant existential crises in terms of their weakening organizations, the narrowing public policy space, and electoral support (Katz & Mair, 1995; Dalton & Wattenbenberg, 2000). In contrast, resurging nationalist and extremist parties gather momentum across Europe, benefiting from the growing wave of Euroskepticism (Kopecky & Mudde, 2002; Szczerbiak & Taggart, 2008). We develop here an assessment of the main right-wing political party in Poland – the Law and Justice Party (PiS).

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