Euroflections

Euroflections

Welcome to Euroflections - Leading Academics on the European elections 2019

The next European elections take place on 23-26 May 2019. Now researchers in Europe team up to analyse and reflect on the elections in a new report.

The report gathers 60 contributions from leading academics and will cover the elections and the campaigns. Euroflections is an initiative from the research centre DEMICOM at Mid Sweden University.

Euroflections will be published on the 13th of June 2019 in a free digital report. So, this is where you will find the best analyses and reflections on the European elections.

Here you can find more info about the involved reserchers

Editors

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Lars Nord

Professor of Political Communication. Lars Nord leads the research center DEMICOM, which conducts research on democracy and communication in the digital society. Lars is an internationally recognized researcher in political communication and his research on election campaigns and media is very comprehensive and well-known.

Marie Grusell

Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the research centre DEMICOM at Mid Sweden University and at University of Gothenburg. Marie researches the parties' strategic communication with a focus on social media. In 2018, Marie worked as a research leader in research on the national election campaign. As an expert on social media, Marie is often seen in various media and other forums.

Niklas Bolin

Niklas Bolin

Associate Professor (docent) in political science. His research focuses on elections, political parties and political behaviour with a specific interest in populist radical right parties, green parties and questions about party organization, e.g. intra-party democracy and party leader selection. He is an affiliated researcher of DEMICOM, Centre for Study of Democracy and Communication. Bolin is frequently interviewed by media about elections , parties and voters.

Falasca Kajsa

Kajsa Falasca

PhD in Media and Communication Studies and Assistant Professor at DEMICOM, Centre for Study of Democracy and Communication. Kajsa is researching strategic political communication in the modern media landscape. She is also a well-established expert and is frequently engaged by various media to comment on political communication.

Interviews with researchers

Cas Mudde

Professor Cas Mudde, University of Georgia

What will your contribution be about? The results of populist parties, probably declaring the end of left-wing populism and arguing that we should focus more on the far right, or at least populist radical right. What's the most important with this year's European election? The group formation afterwards.

Christina Holtz-Bacha

Professor Christina Holtz-Bacha, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Germany

What will your contribution be about? As for now, the campaign is low key. It seems as if the parties don't invest much in their campaign which is a mystery to me because of...see next question. What’s most important with this year’s European election? Against the background of the polls that predict a good performance of the populist parties all over Europe, the campaign is more important than ever to prevent a strengthening of eurosceptic forces. However, ... see the first answer.

Jesper Strömbäck

Professor Jesper Stömbäck, Gothenburg University

My contribution will focus on how political parties adapt their policies to what they perceive is the policy demand among their targeted voters and other parties they want to collaborate with. One example is how the Moderates now, in contrast to their history, emphasize problems related to free movement instead of arguing for the positive value of it; another how the Sweden Democrats have abandoned their policy that Sweden should leave the EU.

Professor Dr Thiery Chopin, Associate Professor Guilia Sandri, Catholic University of Lille, France

The contribution will focus on France. The French case is particularly relevant for testing the relevance over time of the second order elections' model, the challenges to representative democracy and elites' responses and the relevance of the progressives vs. nationalists cleavage in explaining EU citizens' voting behaviour.