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Persson, T., Mårtensson, M. & Karlsson, C. (2019). Eurosceptic Challenger Parties and Political Opposition in European Union Politics: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?. Scandinavian Political Studies, 42(3-4), 245-269
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Eurosceptic Challenger Parties and Political Opposition in European Union Politics: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Political Studies, ISSN 0080-6757, E-ISSN 1467-9477, Vol. 42, no 3-4, p. 245-269Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite extensive research on Eurosceptic challenger parties, our knowledge of their influence on political opposition has so far been sparse. In this article we make an in-depth assessment of parliamentary EU opposition, based on 4,264 statements made by national parliamentarians in the European Affairs Committees (EACs) of Denmark and Sweden. Our analysis shows that the presence of Eurosceptic challenger parties in the national parliamentary arena impacts patterns and practices of EU opposition significantly. A greater presence of ‘hard’ Eurosceptic parties in parliament is associated with more opposition in EU politics. These parties deliver a vast majority of the polity-oriented opposition towards the EU and present more policy alter- natives than mainstream parties. The findings presented have implications for our understand- ing of national parliamentary EU opposition as well as for the assessment of the impact of Eurosceptic challenger parties on the process of European integration. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2019
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395958 (URN)10.1111/1467-9477.12152 (DOI)000497237800008 ()
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2019-10-26 Created: 2019-10-26 Last updated: 2019-12-11Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Mårtensson, M. & Persson, T. (2019). Hur mycket opposition finns det i svensk EU-politik?. In: Anna Wetter Ryde och Göran von Sydow (Ed.), EU i riksdagen: (pp. 37-60). Stockholm: Svenska institutet för europapolitiska studier, Sieps 2019:1op
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur mycket opposition finns det i svensk EU-politik?
2019 (Swedish)In: EU i riksdagen / [ed] Anna Wetter Ryde och Göran von Sydow, Stockholm: Svenska institutet för europapolitiska studier, Sieps 2019:1op , 2019, p. 37-60Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Svenska institutet för europapolitiska studier, Sieps 2019:1op, 2019
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376530 (URN)978-91-86107-82-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2019-02-06 Created: 2019-02-06 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved
Albrecht, F., Karlsson, C. & Persson, T. (2019). Patterns of Parliamentary Opposition: Empirical Evidence from the Deliberations in the German Bundestag’s Committee on European Union Affairs. Parliamentary Affairs
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Patterns of Parliamentary Opposition: Empirical Evidence from the Deliberations in the German Bundestag’s Committee on European Union Affairs
2019 (English)In: Parliamentary Affairs, ISSN 0031-2290, E-ISSN 1460-2482Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article examines patterns of oppositional behaviour in the German Bundestag’s Committee on European Union Affairs (EAC) for two separate legislative periods (2005–2009 and 2009–2013). The study makes two contributions to previous research. It, first, shed some much-needed empirical light on political opposition in the Bundestag by examining how much and what kind of opposition exists in the German EAC. Secondly, the article examines the differences in oppositional behaviour of the Members of Parliament between the two legislative periods following an institutional reform in 2009 that afforded the Bundestag with increased opportunity structures in Europen Union affairs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2019
Keywords
European Affairs Committees, European Union, German Bundestag, National parliaments, Parliamentary opposition
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400714 (URN)10.1093/pa/gsz048 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-01-02 Created: 2020-01-02 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Mårtensson, M. & Persson, T. (2018). Hur mycket opposition finns det i svensk EU-politik?. Stockholm: Sieps
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur mycket opposition finns det i svensk EU-politik?
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Sieps, 2018. p. 16
Series
Europapolitisk analys ; 2018:5
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339317 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-17 Created: 2018-01-17 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C. & Persson, T. (2018). The Alleged Opposition Deficit in European Union Politics: Myth or Reality?. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(4), 888-905
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Alleged Opposition Deficit in European Union Politics: Myth or Reality?
2018 (English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965, Vol. 56, no 4, p. 888-905Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to the opposition deficit thesis’ European Union politics is characterized by aconspicuous absence of opposition to the policies promoted by the EU. However, once we start looking for systematic evidence supporting the claim of an opposition deficit in EU politics, we come up surprisingly empty handed. This article seeks to rectify the lacuna in previous research by examining how much and what type of opposition actually exist in EU politics. The study formulates four hypotheses on the state of political opposition in EU politics, and breaks new ground by testing their validity by use of unique data collected from the Swedish EuropeanAffairs Committee for the period 1995–2016. The results show there is in fact considerably more opposition present in EU politics than has previously been assumed. The opposition deficit thesis thus seems to be more myth than reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Keywords
political opposition; European Union; national parliaments; European affairs committees; eurosceptic parties
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339820 (URN)10.1111/jcms.12688 (DOI)000432002400010 ()
Funder
Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2018-07-27Bibliographically approved
Parker, C. F. & Karlsson, C. (2018). The UN climate change negotiations and the role of the United States: Assessing American leadership from Copenhagen to Paris. Environmental Politics, 27(3), 519-540
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The UN climate change negotiations and the role of the United States: Assessing American leadership from Copenhagen to Paris
2018 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 519-540Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The role of American leadership in the UN climate negotiations that produced the 2015 Paris Agreement is examined. First, United States (US) climate goals are identified. Then, utilizing unique survey data collected at eight UN climate summits between 2008 and 2015, the extent to which the US was recognized as a leader by potential followers is investigated. Finally, the extent to which US goals are reflected in negotiation outcomes is evaluated. Recognition of the US as a leader varied over time, peaking at the UN climate meetings in Copenhagen and Paris, reflecting US leadership in shaping the outcomes of both meetings. Although the results reveal a divided leadership landscape in which the US must compete for leadership with other actors, such as the European Union and China, US leadership was crucial to the successful adoption of the Paris Agreement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
Keywords
American leadership, UNFCCC climate change negotiations, COP21 Paris summit, Paris Agreement, COP 15 Copenhagen summit, United States
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-346160 (URN)10.1080/09644016.2018.1442388 (DOI)000427941200007 ()
Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved
Parker, C. F., Karlsson, C. & Hjerpe, M. (2017). Assessing the European Union’s global climate change leadership: from Copenhagen to the Paris Agreement. Journal of European Integration, 39(2), 239-252
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessing the European Union’s global climate change leadership: from Copenhagen to the Paris Agreement
2017 (English)In: Journal of European Integration, ISSN 0703-6337, E-ISSN 1477-2280, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 239-252Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This contribution examines the role European Union (EU) leadership played in the outcome of the 2015 COP21 climate summit in Paris. The EU’s attempts to realise its bid for climate change leadership are scrutinised by investigating to what extent the EU is actually recognised as a leader by potential followers and to what extent the EU has succeeded in achieving its negotiation objectives. To address these issues we utilize survey data collected at eight UN climate summits from 2008 to 2015 and evaluate the results of the climate negotiations particularly with respect to the Union’s goal attainment in Copenhagen and Paris. Our findings, which reveal a fragmented leadership landscape in which the EU must adjust its leadership strategies in relation to other powerful actors, such as the United States and China, provide insights into leadership theory and the EU’s prospects for exerting influence as an external actor on the world stage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Climate change negotiations, Copenhagen summit, COP 21 Paris summit, European Union (EU), leadership, Paris Agreement
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319047 (URN)10.1080/07036337.2016.1275608 (DOI)000395128600010 ()
Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30 Last updated: 2017-06-15Bibliographically approved
Parker, C. F. & Karlsson, C. (2017). The European Union as a global climate leader: confronting aspiration with evidence. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17(4), 445-461
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The European Union as a global climate leader: confronting aspiration with evidence
2017 (English)In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, ISSN 1567-9764, E-ISSN 1573-1553, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 445-461Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In rhetoric and action the European Union has attempted to be a global leader in forging solutions to confront the problem of climate change. Using unique survey data collected at five consecutive UNclimate summits from 2008–2012, this article provides evidence on the extent to which the EU is actually recognized as a leader in the UNFCCC climate negotiations, investigates how perceptions of EU leadership have evolved overtime, and helps make sense of the role that the EU has played in recent negotiation outcomes. The survey’s findings show that recognition of the EU as a leader dropped sharply in 2009 at the COP 15 summit in Copenhagen, but has climbed again in subsequent years. The results reveal a fragmented leadership landscape in which the EU must share or compete for leadership with other actors, such as the USA and China, who hold drastically different institutional design preferences and leadership visions than those promoted by the EU. The article’s findings provide insight into the dynamics that both foster and frustrate the EU’s aspiration to lead the effort to reach a deal on a binding post-2020 climate change agreement in Paris at COP 21.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2017
Keywords
Climate change, Climate negotiations, Copenhagen summit, Leadership
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326462 (URN)10.1007/s10784-016-9327-8 (DOI)000404993800001 ()
Available from: 2017-07-11 Created: 2017-07-11 Last updated: 2018-02-20Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C. & Galic, K. (2016). Constitutional change in light of European Union membership: trends and trajectories in the new member states. East European Politics, 32(4), 446-465
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constitutional change in light of European Union membership: trends and trajectories in the new member states
2016 (English)In: East European Politics, ISSN 2159-9165, E-ISSN 2159-9173, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 446-465Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Constitutional change can be achieved either by changing the explicit wording of the constitutional document, or by way of changing the meaning of the constitution while leaving the constitutional text unaltered. This study systematically compares the use of these different modes of constitutional change in the new EU member states. The results show that implicit constitutional change is the more frequently used method, but also reveal substantial differences between member states. By comparing constitutional change trajectories in the Baltic States, this study reveals that public opinion, constitutional rigidity and constitutional courts stand out as important determinants for EU-induced constitutional change.

Keywords
Constitutional change, constitutional reform, European Union, Baltic States, new member states
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307671 (URN)10.1080/21599165.2016.1215302 (DOI)000410402300003 ()
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P09-0692:1-E
Available from: 2016-11-18 Created: 2016-11-18 Last updated: 2017-12-15Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Ahlbäck Öberg, S., Widmalm, S., Bennich-Björkman, L., Jarstad, A. & Hermansson, J. (2016). Det hotade universitetet (Förstaed.). Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag
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2016 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dialogos Förlag, 2016. p. 282 Edition: Första
National Category
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-301996 (URN)978-91-7504-299-2 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2016-08-27 Created: 2016-08-27 Last updated: 2016-08-27
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