Research event

Partisan views of Russia. What European parties wrote in their electoral programmes since the end of the USSR

A talk by Michal Onderco (Assistant Professor of International Relations, Erasmus University Rotterdam).

An initiative of the Centre for International Security Policy at the Hertie School of Governance.

The Centre for International Security Policy (CISP) at the Hertie School of Governance cordially invites you to the second session of the Security Policy Colloquium.

Michal Onderco (Assistant Professor of International Relations, Erasmus University Rotterdam) will present a paper titled: Partisan views of Russia. What European parties wrote in their electoral programmes since the end of the USSR.

Abstract:
The connection between Russia and European political parties has been in the scholarly and popular spotlight recently. While majority of the scholarly attention has focused on the connection between the far right (and populist) parties and Russia, it has been largely dissociated with increasing academic interest in the study of the role of political parties in foreign policy, which has recently seen explosion. This paper offers a new look at the partisan variation in their views of Russia, analyzing a corpus of party manifestos. The results suggest that there is temporal, geographical, and ideological variation in how European parties have seen Russia since the end of the Cold War. Whereas understandably, Eastern European parties paid most attention to Russia, there is an important temporal variation in whether this attention was positive or negative; and what type of parties paid most attention to Russia.