Radio Nacional de España, interview for “Europa Abierta” (13.07.2020)
I’ve had the pleasure to discuss last weekend’s presidential election with various national & international media:
Our article with Pepe Real on the development of public and party-based euroscepticism in Spain after the economic crisis has been published ahead of print in
South European Societies & Politics. Details below:
José Real-Dato & Aleksandra Sojka. 2020. “The Rise of (Faulty) Euroscepticism? The Impact of a Decade of Crises in Spain,” South European Societies and Politics, https://doi.org/10.1080/13608746.2020.1771876
Euroscepticism in Spain has so far constituted a marginal phenomenon. A decade of political and economic crises could, however, be setting the stage for rising Spanish opposition to the European Union (EU). By analysing recent survey data and party manifestos, we verify to what extent this might be the case. We find that both public and party-based euroscepticism has gained ground in the traditionally euro-optimist Spanish context over the period under study. We argue, however, that such critical stances towards the EU do not constitute a fundamental turn against the process of integration in Spain. Rather, the country has witnessed the rise of ‘faulty’ euroscepticism rooted in the domestic political crisis.
Keywords: European integration, European Union, public opinion, political parties, party positions, political trust, Podemos, Vox
This week, I also had the pleasure to discuss Polish politics with Nuria Sans and Carlos Navarro of the Spanish National Radio (RNE) in their programme “Europa Abierta.”
The podcast from the programme can be found here (the interview is in Spanish).
Here is my commentary on the Polish parliamentary elections, published on the LSE EUROPP Blog
The previous version of the post appeared on the “Who governs Europe” blog
I’m delighted that our paper with Jorge Díaz Lanchas (JRC-Loyola Andalucía) and Federico Steinberg (UAM-Elcano) on public opinion inconsistencies regarding support for free trade and the TTIP, has been published as a Working Paper of the European Commission.
I am very happy to announce that the book Borderlands in European Gender Studies, Beyond the East-West Frontier, edited by Teresa Kulawik (Södertörn University) and Zhanna Kravchenko (Södertörn University) to which I have contributed a chapter on whiteness and European citizenship in the context of East-West mobility. The book is part of the series Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality, and according to the reviewers it is:
“A brilliant and challenging critique of hegemonic East/West, North/South, and three-world narrative cartographies of feminist theory from the positionality and epistemic lens of the Eastern European borderlands and post-state socialism. Theorizing Eastern Europe and the Balkans as the European “Other”, Borderlands traces a “cartography of absences” and makes a compelling argument for the significance of multiple, relational boundaries and borderlands as fundamental to a newly inclusive and capacious radical feminist project. A book that belongs on the bookshelves of all radical scholar-activists engaged in struggles for gender and economic justice globally.” –
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University.
“This is a stunning and important critique. It brings a new perspective to the history of post-state socialism, thus “provincializing” the story Western academic feminism has long told about itself. The introduction provides a compelling reassessment of the terms of (Western) feminist theory, exposing its debt to Cold War epistemologies. The essays nicely demonstrate how new knowledge can be produced when the boundaries between East and West are courageously transgressed.” – Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita at the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.
Together with Pawel Karolewski (University of Wroclaw), I am chairing the section S23 “Identity and Populism” at the next ECPR General Conference that takes place in Wroclaw, Poland.
I am looking forward to the 8 panels and almost 40 exciting papers that we have selected in the section this year, you can check out the full schedule & abstracts here.
See you in Wroclaw!