In the summer term 2016 a joint expert project on ”Political Parties and National identity in Central European Countries” was organised jointly by the Andrássy University Budapest, netPOL-Network for Political Communication and EUROPEUM.
The purpose of the seminar was to apply a tested analytical framework for researching specifics in concepts of national identities, used by political parties, and investigating the relationship of national identity and party programmatic in the countries of the Visegrad Four (V4), Austria and Bavaria. The main objective was to analyse party manifestos in relation to specifics of national identity. While the research team of the Andrássy University focused on parties in Hungary, Austria and Bavaria, did colleagues in Brno work on the Czech political parties.
This research seminar was offered in the frame of a larger international project, which previously looked at party manifestos and references of national identity in V4 countries and in Germany in a time period from 2005 to 2013. Further information: http://ceeidentity.eu/news/national-0
Since then a number of changes occurred, hence this project looked at the current party manifestos or party programmes. The Austrian parties have not been included in the previous project and therefore it was the first time the Austrian party manifestos were analyses alongside the V4 countries. Moreover, the regional party of CSU, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, was looked at in the frame of the research seminar.
The seminar at the Andrássy University started with some introductory lectures on political parties and party system in Central Europe. Michal Vít (EUROPEUM Prague) presented the methods of coding of party mainfestos in Budapest. The particippants on the research project analyzed the historical background of the parties, which they presented in the seminar sessions. In total two sessions were used to discuss the party history of Democratic Coalition (DK), Fidesz, Jobbik, Politics and be different (LMP), Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), Austrian People’s Party (ӦVP), die Greens – the green Alternative (die Grünen – die Grüne Alternative), Freedom Party of Austria (FPӦ) und die Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU).
The applied work of coding the party manifestos and party programmes of the Hungarian, Austrian parties and the Bavarian CSU took place in April and May 2016 and was conducted under supervision of Melani Barlai and Christina Griessler. Michal Vít was present at the final session in May 2016, when were presented final findings. The coding was completed in MAXQDA and the collected data was sent to Michal Vít for further analyses, which will take place during the second half of 2016. This is still work in progress.
Party Programmes analysed in frame of project:
Fides, Jobbik, LMP Lehet Más a Politika, DK Demokratikus Koalíció, SPӦ Sozialdemokratische Partei Ӧsterreichs, ӦVP Ӧsterreichische Volkspartei, FPӦ Freiheitliche Partei Ӧsterreichs, Die Grünen – Die Grün Alternative, CSU Christlich Soziale Union
We thank the Andrássy University Budapest for the financial support of the project.