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The Alleged Opposition Deficit in European Union Politics: Myth or Reality?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4702-788X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8289-7469
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.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 56, no 4, p. 888-905
Keywords [en]
political opposition; European Union; national parliaments; European affairs committees; eurosceptic parties
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339820DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12688ISI: 000432002400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339820DiVA, id: diva2:1176634
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg FoundationAvailable from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2018-07-27Bibliographically approved

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