Are the Czech or Slovak regions “closer to Europe”? Pro-Europeanness from a subnational perspective

  • Martin Plešivčák Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Economic and Social Geography, Demography and Territorial Development, Slovakia
Keywords: Pro-Europeanness; TOPSIS method; EU referendum; European Parliament elections; subnational level; Czechia; Slovakia

Abstract

Based on the 2003–2019 electoral data, this article evaluates the level of pro-Europeanness in Czechia and Slovakia at the regional and sub-regional levels during and after their EU accession period. The TOPSIS multi-criteria evaluation method and cluster analysis were used to quantify the pro-European levels and to create the subsequent categories of territorial units. The results show sup- port for the ideas of European integration primarily in large urban regions (Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Košice), territorial units with a higher concentration of ethnic minorities, larger scale agricultural activities (southwestern Slovakia), and a high degree of religiosity
(northeastern Slovakia). The low level of pro-Europeanness was predominant in the less developed north-estern Czechia and parts of Moravia. In Slovakia, the Eurosceptic regions were mostly located in the northwest, where the values of statism, egalitarianism and nationalism have a strong tradition. This approach can be used to identify areas of weak support for the EU project at a spatially disaggregated level in other EU countries.

Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
Plešivčák, M. (2020). Are the Czech or Slovak regions “closer to Europe”? Pro-Europeanness from a subnational perspective. AUC Geographica. https://doi.org/10.14712/23361980.2020.13
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Original Articles