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HLOUŠEK, Vít and Lubomír KOPEČEK. Strange Bedfellows : A Hyper-pragmatic Alliance between European Liberals and an Illiberal Czech Technocrat. East European Politics and Societies and Cultures. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2021, neuveden, neuveden, p. 1-22. ISSN 0888-3254. doi:10.1177/0888325420953487.
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Original name Strange Bedfellows : A Hyper-pragmatic Alliance between European Liberals and an Illiberal Czech Technocrat
Authors HLOUŠEK, Vít (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution) and Lubomír KOPEČEK (203 Czech Republic, belonging to the institution).
Edition East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, Thousand Oaks, SAGE Publications, 2021, 0888-3254.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 50601 Political science
Country of publisher United States of America
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Impact factor Impact factor: 1.430 in 2020
Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
UT WoS 999
Keywords in English Andrej Babiš; the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE); ideology; Europarties; Czech Republic
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The article deals with the membership of the most important Czech political party, ANO (meaning “yes” in Czech), led by Andrej Babiš, in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Our goals are to reconstruct how Babiš’s party joined ALDE and to discuss the ideological differences between ANO and ALDE. The paper shows that ALDE’s offer of membership in 2014 was motivated by a pragmatic need to bolster its own position in the European Parliament; ANO, meanwhile, needed to anchor itself in European politics. Andrej Babiš’s technocratic and illiberal view was not apparent at the beginning, but more importantly, this did not matter to ALDE. ALDE’s Czech “point of contact,” ANO’s foreign policy expert and the leader of its party group in the European Parliament, Pavel Telička, made ANO’s membership credible. However, as a Euro-optimist, Telička was not compatible with ANO’s flexible ideological character in the long term and the party group split up. A comparison of the parties’ European Parliament election manifestos and positions on crucial controversial European issues clearly reveals a deep division between ALDE and ANO and their fundamentally opposed ideological positions. We describe the findings as a new hyper-pragmatic trend in the creation of Europarties, which weakens their ideological cohesion.
Abstract (in Czech)
Článek se věnuje členství ANO Andreje Babiše v Alianci liberálů a demokratů pro Evropu (ALDE). Cíli článku je rekonstruovat cestu ANO do ALDE a debatovat ideologické rozdíly mezi ANO a ALDE. Text ukazuje hluboký rozdíl mezi ALDE a ANO a fundamentální neslučitelnost jejich ideologických pozic, což dokládá hyperpragmatický trend v podobě Eurostran.
GA17-02226S, research and development projectName: Političtí podnikatelé: Česká republika v komparativní perspektivě
Investor: Czech Science Foundation, Standard Projects
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