The comparative study of party-based Euroscepticism : the Sussex versus the North Carolina SchoolThe comparative study of party-based Euroscepticism : the Sussex versus the North Carolina School
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Faculty Research SW
East European politics. - Abingdon, 2012, currens
28(2012):2, p. 193-202
University of Antwerp
Since the late 1990s, a true cottage industry of Euroscepticism studies has emerged, which has given way to hundreds of publications in increasingly prominent journals. This article looks at two of the most important schools of Euroscepticism studies: Sussex and North Carolina. The two differ in many ways e.g. definition, data and methods, scope but account for much of the academic output on the topic. Initially, I briefly describe the major publications of the two schools, before comparing and contrasting them on the basis of some key dimensions (definition, data, scope, explanations). The article then discusses the crucial so what question by focusing on the Achilles heel of Euroscepticism studies: salience. Finally, I propose ways in which the two schools can be better integrated and suggest some avenues of research for the post-crisis period.