Exit politics, enter politicization

Niilo Kauppi, Claudia Wiesner
2018 Journal of European Integration  
A growing number of recent empirical studies such as the four contributions discussed here examine the politicization of the European Union, Europe, European integration or European governance. Two general research questions mark this emerging research field. A first one is how to theorize and conceptualize the politicization of the European Union (EU) and the reasons behind it. Does politicization have to do with a decline in EU support or Euroscepticism? Does it involve an increased salience
more » ... f EU affairs within national and transnational public spheres? What are politicization's repercussions on EU institutions? And How how are political parties involved? A second question is whether or not politicization is beneficial for the European integration project. Does it enhance populist, xenophobic and reactionary responses? Or does it, on the contrary, bring about a 'normalization' of EU decision making in the national arenas?
doi:10.1080/07036337.2018.1425244 fatcat:q6ux5jg4wjch7fni5t67r26qj4