Party Contestation and Europe on the News Agenda: The 2009 European Parliamentary elections
SCHUCK, Andreas R.T.; XEZONAKIS, Georgios; ELENBAAS, Matthijs; BANDUCCI, Susan A.; DE VREESE, Claes H.
Title: Party Contestation and Europe on the News Agenda: The 2009 European Parliamentary elections
Author: SCHUCK, Andreas R.T.; XEZONAKIS, Georgios; ELENBAAS, Matthijs; BANDUCCI, Susan A.; DE VREESE, Claes H.
Citation: Electoral Studies, 2011, 30, 1, 41-52, Special Symposium on Electoral Democracy in the European Union
Series/Report no.: [EUDO Public Opinion Observatory]
In this article we analyse the news coverage of the 2009 EP elections in all 27 EU member states (N = 52,009). We propose that the extent to which these second-order elections are salient to the media depends on political parties contesting the elections. Consistent with expectations, the findings suggest that the saliency of EP elections is increasing and that the degree of political contestation over Europe contributes to this development in a non-linear fashion so that only when contestation develops beyond a certain point, does media coverage increase.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 2. Saliency of European elections and news media coverage 3. Party contestation and its effects on saliency of EU elections 4. Data and methods 5. Results 6. Discussion References
Publication based on research carried out in the framework of the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute.; The journal issue has been produced in the framework of the PIREDEU Project, one of the projects carried out by the EUDO Public Opinion Observatory.
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