An audit of democracy in the European Union
BANDUCCI, Susan A.; FRANKLIN, Mark N.; GIEBLER, Heiko; HOBOLT, Sara Binzer; MARSH, Michael; VAN DER BRUG, Wouter; VAN DER EIJK, Cees
Title: An audit of democracy in the European Union
Editor(s): BANDUCCI, Susan A.; FRANKLIN, Mark N.; GIEBLER, Heiko; HOBOLT, Sara Binzer; MARSH, Michael; VAN DER BRUG, Wouter; VAN DER EIJK, Cees
Publisher: European University Institute (EUI)
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2012
Series/Number: EUDO; PIREDEU
This eBook contains some of the first fruits of a large collaborative project funded by the EU’s DG Research under their FP7 Programme: an “infrastructure design study” whose ultimate goal is “Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union” – a title that gives rise to the unlovely acronym PIREDEU, used repeatedly in the pages of the book. The design study was complemented by a feasibility study conducted in the context of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament. While somewhat restricted in breadth of coverage (for example the numbers of questions asked in voter and candidate surveys were limited by available funds) this was still a fully-fledged election study that included all the component parts needed to address fundamental questions regarding the quality of democracy in the European Union at the time of elections to the European Parliament. It included five of these components. A voter study sought to interview about 1,000 respondents in each of the 27 EU member countries, using essentially the same questionnaire in all countries; A candidate study sought to interview all candidates with any viable chance of actually gaining a seat in the European Parliament; A media study content-analyzed newspapers, television channels and radio stations during a three-week period leading up to the elections; A manifesto study coded all the campaign platforms published by parties seeking representation in the European Parliament; A contextual data study sought to collect all relevant statistical information regarding the outcome of the election in each of the 27 participating countries. This book contains fifteen chapters showcasing the research opportunities provided by these data.
Table of Contents:
Preface, by Mark Franklin i 1. Investigating candidate selection strategies: the case of 2009 European Parliament elections, by Massimiliano Andretta and Nicola Chelotti 1 2. Misconstruing the European Project? How Welfare Issues Colour Attitudes Towards Europe, by Laurie Beaudonnet 19 3. Does Europe Matter in European Elections? A Composite Model of the 2009 European Parliament Elections, by Paolo Bellucci, Diego Garzia and Martiño Rubal Maseda 41 4. Explaining the Second Order Effect: the Role of Issues and Institutions in Elections to the European Parliament, by Nick Clark 55 5. Political Parties and 2009 European Parliament Election Campaign Content, by Louise K. Davidson-Schmich with Eloisa Vladescu 77 6 Punishing Incumbents by Voting Independent? Cleavages as Constraints on Vote-Switching in the 2009 European Elections in Estonia, by Piret Ehin and Mihkel Solvak 103 7. Europe at Stake During the First European Parliament Elections Organized in an Enlarged Europe, by Magda Giurcanu 123 8. Citizen Representation at the EU Level: Policy Congruence in the 2009 European Parliament Election, by Alexia Katsanidou and Zoe Lefkofridi 147 9. Meaningful Choices? Voter Perceptions of Party Positions in European Elections, by Sylvia Kritzinger and Gail McElroy 169 10. ‘To them that hath…’. News Media and Knowledge Gaps, by Pippa Norris 193 11. Parties, Candidates and Voters in the 2009 Election to the European Parliament, by Hermann Schmitt, Bernhard Wessels and Cees van der Eijk 221 12. The Nationalism-Postnationalism Axis and the Gradual Transformation of Ideological Space in Europe: Evidence from Party Discourse in Euromanifestos from Six European Countries, by Eftichia Teperoglou and Emmanouil Tsatsanis 241 13. Do European Attitudes Matter for Explaining Participation in European Parliament Elections? by Mariano Torcal 281 14. The Electoral Trade-off: How Values and Ideology Affect Party Preference Formation in Europe, by Agnieszka Walczak and Wouter van der Brug 305 15. Attributions of Responsibility in the European Union: The Role of Motivation and the Information Environment, by Traci L. Wilson and Sara B. Hobolt 329
Papers presented at the final conference of the Infrastructure Design Study ‘Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union’, 18-19 November 2010, Brussels.
Type of Access: openAccess