Best Article Prize to Hans-Jörg Trenz
Hans-Jörg Trenz has received a prize for the best 2013 article in the Journal of Common Market Studies.
The 2013 Best Article Prize of the Journal of Common Market Studies was awarded to Hans-Jörg Trenz and Paul Statham for their article:
'How EU Politicisation can emerge through Contestation: the Constitution Case'
The jury considered this to be 'a very impressive empirical work that is well presented and that makes a clear contribution to our knowledge in this field. The topic is highly relevant, both from a scientific and policy perspective. The approach employed in this paper is considered highly innovative and very well executed.'
The article takes the discussion about the European Union’s constitution as a case study to examine ‘how’ politicization can emerge through contestation by political actors in response to political opportunities. Politicization is defined as an increase in the polarization of opinions, interests or values and the extent to which they are publicly advanced towards the process of policy formation within the EU. Based on empirical analysis, the paper advances understanding of the conditions and processes through which politicization emerges. The primary data source is an original sample of politicians’ claims about European integration issues retrieved from news samples in France, Germany and Britain during the constitution event (2000–05). Main tenets of prominent theories on politicization are unpacked and tested. The findings demonstrate the transformative impact of the French referendum as a specific opportunity: politicization was largely restricted to internal national contestation by French actors; political party competition was the prominent contestation form; and the Socialists mobilized against the constitution by advocating ‘Social Europe’. This transformed the political space by introducing competition over Europe into the party system’s core.
The article was published in the September 2013 issue of JCMS