Author : PSRP Category : global-justice-academy
Tags : Democracy European Union Political Parties
PSRP Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Sanja Badanjak, has been awarded the European Union Studies Association Best Dissertation Prize, for her dissertation “Coping with Europe: The Impact of the European Union on Party Systems in European Democracies”.
The project concerns the ways in which political parties and their voters in the EU member states adjust to the pressures and opportunities of EU membership and the accompanying shift of policy-making authority from the national to the supranational level. The key finding is that the shifting alignments of parties and voters may create party system instability and long-term change in the patterns of political competition. The overall European trends of decreasing party system polarisation and increasing number of parties that successfully compete in elections are found to play out in different ways across the member states, with national institutions, understanding of integration, and national political competition acting as mediating factors for the pressures of integration.
Thus, the process of integration is not creating convergence across European party systems, but rather a variety of party system outcomes, based on the member states’ institutions and context. These claims regarding party system Europeanisation were tested across country-level data for all European democracies since 1979, and in case studies of Italy, Portugal, and United Kingdom.
The EUSA prize is awarded to the best dissertation written on any aspect of European integration. Sanja completed her PhD at University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2016, under the supervision of Nils Ringe. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working on peace processes and the PA-X Peace Agreements Database.
Congratulations to Dr. Sanja Badanjak!