Christian Democratic Parties in Europe since the End of the Cold War

Steven Van Hecke & Emmanuel Gerard, eds.
KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 1


The period since the end of the Cold War has been characterised by an acceleration in the European integration process, a changing pattern of political ideologies and the emergence of new political parties and issues. This book assesses the impact of these phenomena on Christian Democratic parties in the member states of the European Union and highlights som of the particularities and universalities of European Christian Democracy from a comparative and transnational perspective. Political scientists and historians from various universities examine the way in which Christian Democratic parties have responded to these challenges (for instance by a rapprochement with non-Christian Democrats) and explain how those responses have resulted in failure in some cases and success in others.


European Christian Democracy in the 1990s. Towards a Framework for Analysis
Emmanuel GERARD & Steven VAN HECKE (KULeuven)
The Consociational Construction of Christian Democracy
Paolo ALBERTI & Robert LEONARDI (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Christian Democratic Parties and Europeanisation

Two Crises, Two Consolidations? Christian Democracy in Germany
Frank BÖSCH (Rühr-Universität Bochum)
Rejuvenation of an ‘Old Party’? Christian Democracy in Austria
Franz FALLEND (Universität Salzburg)
From Dominance to Doom? Christian Democracy in Italy
Robert LEONARDI & Paolo ALBERTI (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Living Apart Together. Christian Democracy in Belgium
Wouter BEKE (KULeuven)
Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained? Christian Democracy in the Netherlands
Paul LUCARDIE (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
At the Centre of the State. Christian Democracy in Luxembourg
Philippe POIRIER (Université du Luxembourg)
The Impossible Resurrection. Christian Democracy in France
Alexis MASSART (Université Catholique de Lille)
Life at the Northern Margin. Christian Democracy in Scandinavia
John MADELEY (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Who Learns from Whom? The Failure of Spanish Christian Democracy and the Success of the People’s Party
Peter MATUSCHEK (Georg-August Universität Göttingen)
A Decade of Seized Opportunities. Christian Democracy in the European Union
Steven VAN HECKE (KULeuven)

European Christian Democracy in the 1990s. Towards a Comparative Approach
Emmanuel GERARD & Steven VAN HECKE (KULeuven)



Paolo Alberti (London School of Economics and Political Science), Ausra Aleliunaite (University of Cambridge), Wouter Beke (KULeuven), Frank Bösch (Rühr-Universität Bochum), Franz Fallend (Universität Salzburg), Emmanuel Gerard (KU Leuven), Robert Leonardi (London School of Economics and Political Science), Paul Lucardie (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), John Madeley (London School of Economics and Political Science), Alexis Massart (Université Catholique de Lille), Peter Matuschek (Georg-August Universität Göttingen), Philippe Poirier (Université du Luxembourg), Steven Van Hecke (KU Leuven).

Technical details

Size: 348 pages.
Format: 23,5 x 17,5 cm
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Price: € 29,00
ISBN 90 5867 377 4