Rowman and Littlefield International

Between-Election Democracy

Edited by Peter Esaiasson

Engaging with these big questions of European politics, Nevena Nancheva tells a small story from the periphery of Europe.

Hardback ISBN: 9781907301988 Release date: Oct 2013
£65.00 €90.00 $105.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781785521430 Release date: Jan 2016
£30.00 €41.00 $49.00

Pages: 234

ECPR Press

Why do we need European integration in increasingly fragmented and antagonised European societies? How can European integration relate to the national stories we carry about who we are as a nation and where we belong? What to do with the national stories that tell traumatising tales of past loss and sacrifice, and depict others as villains or foes? Can we still claim that our national states are the most legitimate way of organising European political communities today? Engaging with these big questions of European politics, Nevena Nancheva tells a small story from the periphery of Europe. Looking at two post-communist Balkan states ‒ Bulgaria and Macedonia ‒ she explores how their narratives of national identity have changed in the context of Europeanisation and EU membership preparations. In doing so, Nancheva suggests that national identity and European integration might be more relevant than previously thought.


List of Figures and Tables vii

Contributors xi

Preface xv

Chapter One: Between-Election Democracy: An Introductory Note

Peter Esaiasson and Hanne Marthe Narud 1

Chapter Two: Communicative Responsiveness and Other Central Concepts

in Between-Election Democracy

Peter Esaiasson, Mikael Gilljam and Mikael Persson 15

Chapter Three: Is Anyone Listening?

The Perceived Effectiveness of Electoral and Non-Electoral Participation

Sofie Marien and Marc Hooghe 35

Chapter Four: Issue Uptake in the Shadow of Elections

Audrey André, Sam Depauw and Kris Deschouwer 53

Chapter Five: Nominations, Campaigning and Representation: How the

Secret Garden of Politics Determines the Style of Campaigning and

Roles of Representation

Rune Karlsen and Hanne Marthe Narud 77

Chapter Six: Institutional Incentives for Participation in Elections and

Between Elections

Henrik Serup Christensen 103

Chapter Seven: Political Parties in the Streets: The Development and

Timing of Party-Sponsored Protests in Western Europe

Swen Hutter 127

Chapter Eight: Signalling Through Voting Intention Polls Between Elections

Ann-Kristin Kölln and Kees Aarts 151

Chapter Nine: ‘We Need to Decide!’: A Mixed Method Approach to

Responsiveness and Equal Treatment

Liz Richardson 171

Chapter Ten: The Impact of Social Movements on Agenda Setting:

Bringing the Real World Back In

Roy Gava, Marco Giugni, and Frédéric Varone 189

Index 209

Hanne Marthe Narud (1958-2012) was professor of political science at the University of Oslo. Her main research focus was on coalition behaviour, political recruiting, and voting behaviour. She published articles in Comparative Sociology, European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, West European Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies, Party Politics, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics and Acta Politica, in addition to numerous contributions to books in Norwegian and English. She also wrote a book with Henry Valen on political representation in a multiparty system. She was frequently called upon to commentate on Norwegian politics in the news media.

Peter Esaiasson is professor of political science at the University of Gothenburg. He has published several books on political representation, election campaigning and empirical democratic theory. His articles have appeared in journals including the British Journal of Political Science; European Journal of Political Research; Electoral Studies; Governance; European Political Science Review and Party Politics.

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