The European Parliament Elections of 2019

The first European Parliament elections after the Brexit referendum; the first after the election of Donald Trump and the success of populist parties (and the instalment of “populist” governments) around Europe; the first EP elections testing the institutionalization of the Spitzenkandidaten mechanism – the innovation that sought to link EP elections to the choice between candidates for President of the European Commission. The European Parliament elections of 2019 were a first in many aspects, pointing to relevant questions that might be answered once the votes were in.

This is a book about those elections. In it a large group of scholars (featuring 50 authors from 30 different countries) explore the nature of these elections in a twofold manner: the first part of the book explains the outcome and the implications of the elections in a comparative, wide-ranging perspective that spans all of the 28 EU countries; in the second part, experts from each of those EU member countries take a similar approach for each country, by describing and discussing the elections there in detail.

The overall objective of this book is to provide a comprehensive and overarching, yet systematic and detailed analysis of the election outcome. It aims at shedding light on why these elections were important and in what ways they may even have been pathbreaking, perhaps initiating a new era in which EP elections have palpable consequences, possibly bringing more European citizens to the polls. From a turnout perspective, the 2019 EP elections were quite remarkable: the first such election in decades to exceed 50% turnout, with an overall increase of 8.4 percentage points with respect to 2014, and increases observed in 21 of the 28 member countries. In addition, this election also may be the first to exhibit a common dynamic across all of the EU in swings of vote shares between party groups – a "Europeanization" of EP voting. All these aspects are discussed in detail in a book which – in a timely fashion – is offered as a guide and reference to scholars, practitioners and interested citizens alike.The first European Parliament elections after the Brexit referendum; the first after the election of Donald Trump and the success of populist parties (and the instalment of “populist” governments) around Europe; the first EP elections testing the institutionalization of the Spitzenkandidaten mechanism – the innovation that sought to link EP elections to the choice between candidates for President of the European Commission. The European Parliament elections of 2019 were a first in many aspects, pointing to relevant questions that might be answered once the votes were in.

This is a book about those elections. In it a large group of scholars (featuring 50 authors from 30 different countries) explore the nature of these elections in a twofold manner: the first part of the book explains the outcome and the implications of the elections in a comparative, wide-ranging perspective that spans all of the 28 EU countries; in the second part, experts from each of those EU member countries take a similar approach for each country, by describing and discussing the elections there in detail.

The overall objective of this book is to provide a comprehensive and overarching, yet systematic and detailed analysis of the election outcome. It aims at shedding light on why these elections were important and in what ways they may even have been pathbreaking, perhaps initiating a new era in which EP elections have palpable consequences, possibly bringing more European citizens to the polls. From a turnout perspective, the 2019 EP elections were quite remarkable: the first such election in decades to exceed 50% turnout, with an overall increase of 8.4 percentage points with respect to 2014, and increases observed in 21 of the 28 member countries. In addition, this election also may be the first to exhibit a common dynamic across all of the EU in swings of vote shares between party groups – a "Europeanization" of EP voting. All these aspects are discussed in detail in a book which – in a timely fashion – is offered as a guide and reference to scholars, practitioners and interested citizens alike.

  • Lorenzo De Sio

    Lorenzo De Sio is Full Professor at Luiss University Rome. Formerly Visiting Research Fellow at UC Irvine, Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute, Campbell National Fellow at Stanford University, he is the director of the CISE (Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali), a member of the Scientific Council of the ITANES (Italian National Election Studies), and has been Principal Investigator of the six-country Issue Competition Comparative Project (ICCP). Among his publications there are articles appearing in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, West European Politics.

  • Mark N. Franklin

    Mark N. Franklin is the John R. Reitemeyer Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Connecticut (USA). In retirement he was the inaugural holder of the Stein Rokkan Chair in Comparative Politics at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). He has also held retirement positions at Nuffield College Oxford (England) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He has published twenty books and over one hundred refereed articles and chapters regarding elections, voters, parties, public policy and relevant methodological topics.

  • Luana Russo

    Luana Russo is Assistant professor in Quantitative Methods at Maastricht University. Her research interests are in comparative politics, electoral and political behaviour, political participation, electoral geography and quantitative methods. She has received her PhD at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and she has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Before joining Maastricht University, Luana has worked at Science-Po Paris and Université Lille 2. Her articles have been published in Quality & Quantity, Geojournal, French Politics, Italian Review of Political Science and other journals.