The Europeanisation of Czech Parties’ Election Manifestos Reviewing the 2013 Chamber of Deputies Elections
ABSTRACT: This work contributes to the debate on the Europeanisation of political parties and particularly the Europeanisation of party election manifestos. This contribution investigates the extent of programmatic Europeanisation of relevant political parties before the 2013 Chamber of Deputies elections in the Czech Republic. A content analysis is conducted, within a comparative framework and using a bi-dimensional conceptualisation, of selected relevant Czech political parties’ programmatic documents. The degree of Europeanisation of programmatic documents is then identified on the basis of content analysis. The results show that there is only a limited extent of Europeanisation of elections manifestos and that the degree of Europeanisation decreases over time since the Czech accession to the EU.
Keywords: Europeanisation, political parties, election manifestos, Czech Republic, Chamber of Deputies elections