(Un)intended consequences of EU parliamentary elections by Wouter van der Brug, Claes H. de Vreese

By Wouter van der Brug, Claes H. de Vreese

Whilst direct elections for the eu Parliament have been first prepared in 1979, the assumption used to be that such direct elections might bring up the democratic legitimacy and responsibility of the Parliament. furthermore, the elections have been anticipated to elevate public curiosity, engagement and aid for the eu venture. Did those elections support to extend legitimacy and responsibility? Did they raise curiosity in and aid for the 'European project'? Or, did those elections have unintentional (and maybe bad) results? This quantity makes a speciality of the implications of eu elections for public debate and involvement, for get together structures, and for public opinion.

EP elections have prompted a couple of meant effects: the salience of the elections within the media has long past up and through the years electoral festival turns into extra vital, carrying out the crusade will help increase ecu reviews, and Europe as a subject matter has turn into extra vital for vote casting at EP elections, boosting the superiority of so-called ecu vote casting. a couple of meant effects haven't materialized through the lifetime of the EP thus far: wisdom or turnout degrees haven't long past up and electorate haven't turn into greater at judging what political events are delivering. The EP elections have, although, additionally yielded a few unintentional effects: EP elections hose down turnout for first time electorate in next elections, EP elections reason transitority decline in european aid, and the elections became a strategic area for political events to place themselves on ecu matters and for brand spanking new routine and events to spice up or maintain their success.

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In the case of European politics, this deliberative aspect is especially important because it directly addresses the European Union’s (EU) communication and legitimacy deficits (Meyer 2005). In this chapter, we pursue the working hypothesis that across EP elections from 1999 to 2009, campaign coverage in the media has become increasingly visible and increasingly European in nature. The Media and the European Public Sphere Analyses of media coverage of European politics call into question the importance of the media in fostering linked, national, Europeanized public spheres.

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62). Mannheim: Mannheim University. 35 3 Party Competition and News Coverage of European Parliament Elections Chris Hanretty and Susan Banducci Introduction We know a great deal about how media coverage of the European Union (EU) affects attitudes towards the EU. g. Norris 2000). g. Schuck, Boomgaarden, and De Vreese 2013). We also know something about the volume of EU coverage. Coverage is generally sparse (De Vreese 2003; Machill, Beiler, and Fischer 2006), and news usually centres on key events such as EU Council summits, referendums, or European Parliamentary (EP) elections (Semetko, De Vreese, and Peter 2000; De Vreese, Van der Brug, and Hobolt 2012), with the latter having a strong and increasing effect (De Vreese et al.

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