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Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media

Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe

  • Manuela Caiani
  • Simona Guerra


  • Combines Euroscepticism and European communication literature

  • Conceptualizes Euroscepticism in a broad perspective

  • Integrates a complex array of social and political variables


Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Manuela Caiani, Simona Guerra
    Pages 1-20
  3. Nicolò Conti, Vincenzo Memoli
    Pages 121-140
  4. Annett Heft, Sophia Wittwer, Barbara Pfetsch
    Pages 195-218
  5. Donatella della Porta, Hara Kouki, Joseba Fernández
    Pages 219-240
  6. Evangelos Fanoulis, Anasol Peña-Rios
    Pages 241-262
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 273-284

About this book


This volume focuses on the relationship between the media and European democracy, as important factors of EU legitimacy. The contributors show how the media play a crucial role in making European governance accountable, and how it can act as an intermediate link between citizens and their elected and unelected representatives.

The book focuses on widespread levels of Euroscepticism and the contemporary European crisis. The authors present empirical studies which problematize the role of traditional media coverage on EU attitudes. Comparisons are also drawn between traditional and new media in their influence on Euroscepticism. Furthermore, the authors analyse the impact of the internet and social media as new arenas in which Eurosceptic claims and positions can be made visible, as well as being a medium used by political parties and populist movements which contest Europe and its politics and policies.

Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media will be of interest to students and scholars with an interest in European politics, political parties, interest groups, social movements and political sociology. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Manuela Caiani
    • 1
  • Simona Guerra
    • 2
  1. 1.Scuola Normale SuperioreFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Manuela Caiani is Associate Professor at the Institute of Scienze Umane e Sociali at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Florence, Italy. She has published widely on collective action and Europeanization and on right-wing extremism in Europe and the USA.

Simona Guerra is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, UK. Her main research interests focus on the domestic politics of EU integration, Euroscepticism and Populism, and Religion and Politics. Her publications include Central and Eastern European Attitudes in the Face of Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media
  • Book Subtitle Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe
  • Editors Manuela Caiani
    Simona Guerra
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59642-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93292-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59643-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 284
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Sociology
    European Union Politics
    European Politics
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“The book focuses on the spread or Euroskepticism in Europe, beyond party systems and across civil society, focusing on the role of media negativity and the media coverage of the EU in times of crisis, when Euroskepticism seems to have become mainstream. Another plus of this volume is the analysis of the impact of the internet and social media on Euroskeptical movements, and how they are used to contest EU legitimacy.” (Mihai Sebe, EuropeNow Journal,, May, 2017)