Political ideologies and the EU in Latvia’s representative democracy

Rasmuss Geks, Elizabete Vizgunova, Kārlis Bukovskis, Iveta Kazoka

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Latvia’s representative democracy is not set up along the traditional basis
of left and right ideologies. The ethnic division between ‘Latvian’ and
‘Russian’ parties still plays a major role in determining the agenda of the
Saeima (parliament). All the major political parties in Latvia support the
European Union, although they sometimes object to specific policies
proposed by EU institutions, especially relating to EU budgetary and
migration policies. Even though issues related to the EU were almost
irrelevant in domestic politics for several years, Latvia’s political parties
have increasingly aligned themselves with European political groups.
However, the process of integrating into European political families has
not yet resulted in clearer ideological affiliations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRepresentative Democracy in the EU. Recovering Legitimacy
EditorsSteven Blockmans, Sophia Russack
PublisherRowman & Littlefield International, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78661-339-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-78661-337-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Field of Science*

  • 5.6 Political science

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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