JCMS Special Issue

Members of the CRN have been working on a special issue of the Journal of Common Market Studies on 'Confronting Euroscepticism'. 

The EU has spent the past two decades attempting to build a European political space, as exemplified by the debates on constitutionalisation and democratisation. The urgency and pace of integration has dropped from its post-Cold War peak and the Union is now working through the consequences of its development to date. One such development has been the emergence and embedding of a significant body of opposition to the integration process, a body usually (if not always appropriately) labelled euroscepticism. In the light of the failure to realise the Laeken objectives, the stabilisation of an anti-integration bloc in the European Parliament, the recurrent ‘no’ votes in national referenda and the emergence of a coordinated movement of critical interest groups, euroscepticism has undoubtedly become increasingly embedded at both European and national levels. At what is a critical moment in the development of the EU, with the daunting challenges of the global economic and financial crisis putting ever more strain on the Eurozone, the timing is particularly pertinent for a special issue which examines the causes and patterns of euroscepticism, as well as its potential impact on the future development of the EU, as it enters an uncertain phase.

Building on an initial exploration of the phenomenon from both historical and theoretical perspectives, the special issue draws out specific instances of embedded euroscepticism across a range of contexts and locations and from a number of different disciplinary and practitioner perspectives. As euroscepticism continues to further undermine citizens’ support for European integration, we demonstrate that this will have major policy implications for governments across the Union. From Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s comments on the rise of a ‘new euroscepticism’ across the Union, to the calls for a temporary suspension of the Schengen Agreement in the wake of migration caused by the Arab Spring, and the growing opposition to the second Greek bail-out, many events underline that there is significant scope for further challenges to support for the European project.

In brief, this special issue provides a stimulating, wide-ranging and original contribution to what is becoming an increasingly important debate for both academics and practitioners. It touches on many of the current debates with regard to the development of the Union, from the impact of the economic crisis to the continuing problems of democratic engagement and builds towards a set of policy implications for the Union, its institutions and its citizens.

The articles of the special issue are now available on Early View:



Euroscepticism as a Persistent Phenomenon
Article first published online: 6 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02297.x



Coming in from the Cold? Euroscepticism, Government Participation and Party Positions on Europe
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02298.x



Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Determinants of Public Support for European Integration and Opposition to It before and after Accession
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02300.x



Euroscepticism and the Global Financial Crisis
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02299.x



Euroscepticism Re-galvanized: The Consequences of the 2005 French and Dutch Rejections of the EU Constitution
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02301.x



On Dealing with Euroscepticism
Article first published online: 7 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02304.x

Euroscepticism at the Supranational Level: The Case of the ‘Untidy Right’ in the European Parliament
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02303.x

Continuity and Change in the Study of Euroscepticism: Plus ça change?
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02306.x

Citizens against Europe? Civil Society and Eurosceptic Protest in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Denmark
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02302.x

Different Varieties of Euroscepticism? Conceptualizing and Explaining Euroscepticism in Western European Non-Member States
Marianne Sundlisæter Skinner
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02305.x