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Het Europa van de opportunities : Analyse van de overlevingsstrategie van de christen-democraten in de Europese Unie

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  • Steven Van Hecke

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While Christian Democratic parties in several Western European countries are often said to be in crisis, the European People's Party holds the largest parliamentary group in the European Parliament since 1999. This paradox relies on the specificity of the different 'national' electoral logics on the one hand and the realisation of a long-term 'European' majority strategy on the other hand. The alliance with Conservatives and Conservative parties has to overcome an absolute electoral decline in 'old' EU countries and a relative decline through the accession of 'new' member states without Christian Democratic parties.  The EPP majority strategy is realised through various ways : the key position of the transnational party and party group, the role of political leadership, the way of decision making, the co-operation with side-organisations, the problem-solving of ideological conflicts, etc. Our analysis proves how the majority strategy of the European Christian Democrats realises its ultimate 'survival strategy' despite (or thanks to) several national
party crises.

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Van Hecke, S., (2003) “Het Europa van de opportunities : Analyse van de overlevingsstrategie van de christen-democraten in de Europese Unie”, Res Publica 45(4), p.651-672. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v45i4.18478

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30 Dec 2003
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