Czech party positions on the EU’s finality: a conceptual metaphor approach

  • Jan Kovář
Original Article


Political parties play an important role in offering voters some choices about European Union (EU) politics. The literature on party positions on European integration rely largely, from a methodological point of view, on coding of manifestos and expert surveys. This paper opts for a different approach to the study of party positions on European integration based on the analysis of metaphors used by parties in their discourse about the future form of European integration. Although analysis of metaphors has been providing an increasingly popular tool for examining international politics since the early 1990s, its application to studies of European integration and the EU has been much scarcer. On the basis of key conceptual metaphors used in discourses on the future of the EU that we identified from the relevant literature as well as the corpus itself, we analyse Czech parties’ Euromanifestos issued between 2004 and 2014. The analysis is subsequently projected onto party positions on European integration and Euroscepticism.


Metaphors Political parties European integration Manifestos Party positions 



I would like to thank all the participants at the 7th Pan-European Conference on EU Politics and the 2nd Euroacademia International Conference, the three anonymous reviewers as well as editors of Journal of International Relations and Development for helpful comments and suggestions on earlier drafts of this contribution.


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  1. 1.Institute of International RelationsPrague 1Czech Republic

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