Public Lecture: Perceptions and analysis of the 2019 European Parliament elections — second-order dynamics and beyond

Friday, September 27, 2019, 15:15 – 17:00
Soros Auditorium

Speaker: Guillaume Duseigneur, Sciences Po Lille.

It is now well known that European elections are dissimilar from national general (legislative) elections: while parliamentary elections within the 28 EU member states logically head to the establishment of an executive aiming to vote and implement policies presented to the voters during the campaigns, EP elections do not lead to any government’s establishment and it is pretty difficult to foresee what kind of policies will be debated and voted during the EP term.

If popular existing academic work on European Parliament defends the idea that EP elections’ campaigns are predominantly national rather than European competitions and debates. However, there is some indication advocating that parties’ lines towards the EU impacts results in these elections. Do the 2019 elections confirm these assumptions? In a particular European political context (Brexit, Spitzenkandidaten, Eurosceptic majorities in office in various member states, …) how specific was the 2019 EP elections?

About the Speaker

After graduating from Sciences Po Lille in 2000, Guillaume Duseigneur focused on EU affairs in his Master dissertation and then during his Ph.D research (University of Lille2). This doctoral experience, focusing on a comparison on "Parties' responses to the European integration", looking at the British, French and Swedish cases, was a great opportunity to face various academic approaches and cultures, to enjoy teaching to international and stimulating groups of students, and to confirm a longing desire for international and European related questions and issues.

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