The Future of European Christian Democracy Christian Democratic (CD) parties, however defined, are often seen as undergoing a crisis of identity and support. This article finds evidence both of ideological shifts and electoral loss, albeit variable across different countries. The reasons for loss of support are varied, going beyond simplistic explanations such as the inevitable triumph of secularism. CD parties have countered unfavourable trends by a pragmatic ideological shift towards market liberalism and a strategic rapprochement with the 'secular conservatives' of the moderate right. This is particularly evident at the transnational level in corporation, both within the EU and in CEE, in anticipation of future enlargements. This strategy seems promising at the EU level, despite engendering tension between older and newer EPP adherents. Meanwhile, in individual states, CD parties mostly still enjoy good competitive positions. One may ask however if this electoral lease of life has been purchased at the expense of the movement's fundamental identity.
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|