Framing European Integration in mediated public spheres. An increasing nationalization and contestation of European issues in party political communication?
Title: Framing European Integration in mediated public spheres. An increasing nationalization and contestation of European issues in party political communication?
Author: PETITHOMME, Mathieu
Citation: Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 2010, 23, 2, 153-168
ISSN: 1469-8412 (electronic); 1351-1610 (paper)
This article proposes a claims-making analysis of party political communication over Europe in mediated public spheres in France, Ireland, Great-Britain and Spain between 1993 and 2006. It demonstrates that office-seeking parties and especially the representatives of the executive power generally dominate Europeanized debates. In contrast, peripheral parties and other party actors such as party MPs and extra-parliamentary politicians face significant difficulties to obtain visibility and resonance for their Europeanized frames. The empirical and longitudinal analysis also shows the prevalence of claims directed towards the EU level and of nationalized debates over Europe. Overall, even though critical engagements with Europe have progressed over time, the domination of mainstream parties and party actors in framing European integration and the pro-European consensus between office-seeking parties, nevertheless limit the potential for contestation on European matters.
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