This article analyzes the politicization of European integration in Italy. Has the euro crisis catalyzed a new electoral supply, which may have been matched by voters' responses? After the crisis, Italian parties have increased their entrepreneurial efforts to prime EU issues into the political debate, trying to win over votes. This pattern may have led to a full politicization of European integration. To study the transformations in party strategies and voting behavior, I analyze the fluctuations in EU issue entrepreneurship and EU issue voting between 2009 and 2014. The findings reveal mixed results: parties have actually developed new strategies on EU issues, but without significantly changing voter preferences along the pro/anti-European dimension.

The limited politicization of European integration in Italy: Lacking issue clarity and weak voter responses / Carrieri, L.. - In: RIVISTA ITALIANA DI SCIENZA POLITICA. - ISSN 0048-8402. - 50:1(2020), pp. 52-69. [10.1017/ipo.2019.16]

The limited politicization of European integration in Italy: Lacking issue clarity and weak voter responses

Carrieri L.
2020

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This article analyzes the politicization of European integration in Italy. Has the euro crisis catalyzed a new electoral supply, which may have been matched by voters' responses? After the crisis, Italian parties have increased their entrepreneurial efforts to prime EU issues into the political debate, trying to win over votes. This pattern may have led to a full politicization of European integration. To study the transformations in party strategies and voting behavior, I analyze the fluctuations in EU issue entrepreneurship and EU issue voting between 2009 and 2014. The findings reveal mixed results: parties have actually developed new strategies on EU issues, but without significantly changing voter preferences along the pro/anti-European dimension.
EU integration; political parties; voting behavior
The limited politicization of European integration in Italy: Lacking issue clarity and weak voter responses / Carrieri, L.. - In: RIVISTA ITALIANA DI SCIENZA POLITICA. - ISSN 0048-8402. - 50:1(2020), pp. 52-69. [10.1017/ipo.2019.16]
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