Workshop "Fringe Political Parties in Southeast and Eastern Europe" Ghent, Belgium 9-10 May 2016
Post-authoritarian transition in Southeast Europe (SEE) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has proved particularly challenging for the consolidation of formal democratic politics. This is especially the case in the post-conflict territories in Former Yugoslavia, but also other countries in SEE and in CEE have been struggling with the liberal transformation of the successor states. The countries in these two regions span the spectrum of EU integration, from long-standing post-authoritarian Member States (Greece) and more recent post-socialist expansion of the EU (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia), to candidates (FYROM, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia) and potential candidates (Bosnia, Kosovo) in the Western Balkans. T
Thus far, however, existing research on politics in SEE largely ignores domestic political agency, particularly with regard to political actors (parties and movements) at the margins. Indeed, to date the study of politics in SEE is often reduced to the institutionalised elites from the majority political parties and the influence of the EU and other international actors and events on these elites. To a lesser extent, this is also true for research on CEE. Moreover, comparative studies are lacking. The series of exogenous 'shocks' that has recently swiped through the region, namely the sovereign debt crisis, the refugee crisis and - in some cases - the growing assertiveness of Russia, is currently challenging the conventional consensus politics and is fuelling Eurosceptic and anti-EU sentiment.
The central aim of this workshop is to explore and gain a better understanding of the political parties at the margins in SEE and CEE, including those espousing anti-EU or Eurosceptic discourses. In particular, the workshop would like to chart the impact of those recent external shocks on the political choices, strategies, tactics and relevance on fringe parties and their political elites in SEE. Comparative analysis of countries within SEE and CEE is encouraged.
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