Date of Award

8-6-2007

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William M. Downs - Chair

Second Advisor

Dr. Henry Carey

Third Advisor

Dr. Carrie Manning

Abstract

A relatively well established literature already proffers explanations for the persistence of Euroskeptic Radical Right Parties (ERRPs) in Western Europe and for their emergence in the new democracies of the East. The purpose of this study is not to replicate those existing studies; instead, the argument advanced here is that there may be an important intervening factor as yet unexplored in the extant literature. Drawing upon aggregate survey data from select Western European EU member states and a focused case study of Slovakia, this paper seeks to assess the impact of information, in this case information about the European Union, on voting for ERRPs. The argument presented here is that EU information mitigates the support for ERRPs, more so in the East than in the West.

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