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Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe: An Introduction

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

Abstract

This volume explores attitudes of various types of political actors (citizens, political parties, social movements) towards the EU and Europe, focusing on the potential role of old and new media on them. In a context of contested legitimacy of the European democracy, the media are crucial either as an arena for political actors where to express their discontent and to contest the EU. The media represent an instrument for citizens to both get informed about European matters and, eventually, increase their interest in European politics and, possibly participation. Hence, the role of traditional mass media and the new ones in an increasingly ‘politicized’ EU can be manifold: agenda setters, catalysers (and amplifiers) of critical situations, as well as bottom-up channel for the voice of citizens (Hobolt and Tilley 2014). In this book, we shall address these issues, framing the current situation of Europe and the positions towards it in the context of ‘mediated’ politics. Therefore, this book will be guided by the following questions: How is Euroscepticism emerging in the current European turmoil? Are the (traditional and new) media, facilitators or obstacles to European democracy and the development of (pro) European citizens?

Keywords

Civil Society Political Party Social Movement Citizen Participation European Parliament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SNS, Scuola normale SuperiorePalazzo StrozziFirenzeItalia
  2. 2.School of History, Politics and International RelationsUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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