6 ECTS / 9 ECTS Mondays, bi-weekly, 14:15 – 17:45 (Start: 14.10.2019) Room: GD 202 Radical right parties have increased their support across Europe over the past decades gaining more and more seats in national parliaments and participating in governing coalitions with a growing frequency. Capitalizing on recurrent crisis moments, their Eurosceptic voice is also increasingly heard in the inter- and supranational realms of the European Union. Over the previous cycles, radical right parties increased their seats and strengthened their cooperation in the European Parliament, while their presence in the Council of the EU is also felt due to their governmental participation on the national level. This development begs the question: what role does the radical right play in EU politics and what impact can its parties have on EU policies? This seminar will introduce core concepts such as the (populist) radical right or Euroscepticism and will review the history of the radical right party family’s participation in EU-level politics. It will take a look at the most formative parties of the radical right through their views on the European integration vs. national sovereignty. It will discuss the international ties and cooperation among radical right parties within the EU before moving on to explore their views and potential to exert influence in the multi-level governance field of the EU in policy areas important for the radical right, such as economy, (im)migration or certain aspects of foreign policy. Learning outcomes: The seminar will familiarize students with the radical right in the European context. It will provide them with an overview about the positions, role, cooperation of radical right parties in the EU and will encourage them to think about possible ways to assess and measure these parties’ impact on EU politics and policies. Active participation in the course will strengthen students’ critical thinking, their analytical and academic writing skills. Background literature: Cas Mudde (2007) Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe (University of Georgia); Jens Rydgren (ed.) (2018) The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right (Oxford Uni. Press), esp. chapters on Eurosceptisim, impact, EU country cases; Gerda Falkner – Georg Plattner (2018) Populist Radical Right Parties and EU Policies: How coherent are their claims? EUI Working Papers RSCAS 2018/38. Prerequisite: The language of the seminar is English. In order to successfully complete the course, students are required to read the assigned texts, actively participate in class discussions and complete writing assignments, therefore fluency in both written and spoken English is necessary. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with on-going political developments in the EU throughout the course, especially concerning radical right parties.
- Teacher: Vegh Zsusanna