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.
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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
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
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.