Poland and Hungary: a comparison of different varieties of Euroscepticism within the EU
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This Master’s thesis is focused on the topic of Euroscepticism and the different forms it can take. More specifically, the author analyses two selected case studies, countries which are considered Eurosceptic and having right-wing parties in power. Those members of the European Union are Hungary and Poland, with Fidesz and Law and Justice as the respective parties in government. The thesis provides a background on the study of Euroscepticism as a whole, while including the theoretical framework of the modern and post-modern systems, which is used to explain fundamental differences between the analyzed case studies and the system they find themselves in. The analysis itself is based on empirical observations which are used in order to break down Euroscepticism into different types according to the Vasilopoulou typology, which was used as the main theoretical framework. Both of the theoretical frameworks are critically analyzed during their application to the empirical data. The research shows that the frameworks can be used successfully to analyse the subject matter, however there are some things which those theories do not capture and that can be improved upon.
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