European union issue voting in East and West Europe: The role of political context

Catherine E. De Vries, Erik R. Tillman

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Recent research has shown the rise of domestic contention over European integration. This paper examines the extent to which preferences over European integration influence domestic party support in 19 European Union (EU) member states in West and East-Central Europe (ECE). The analysis finds broad evidence of EU issue voting across the countries included in the analysis, but the effect of the EU issue on party preferences is stronger in ECE. These results are consistent with the view that the same underlying causal dynamics explain party and voter behavior in both West and ECE, but the post-communist legacy shapes the political and economic contexts in the ECE states, resulting in predictable differences between the two regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalComparative European Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


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