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The News Coverage of the 2004 European Parliamentary Election Campaign in 25 Countries

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de Vreese, Claes H.; Banducci, Susan A.; Semetko, Holli A.; Boomgaarden, Hajo G.

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Abstract This article analyses the news coverage of the 2004 European parliamentary elections in all 25 member states of the European Union (EU). It provides a unique pan-European overview of the campaign coverage based on an analysis of three national newspapers and two television newscasts in the two weeks leading up to the elections. On average, the elections were more visible in the 10 new member states than in the 15 old EU member states. The political personalities and institutional actors featured in news stories about the elections were generally national political actors and not EU actors. When evaluative, the news in the old EU-15 was generally negative towards the EU, whereas in the new countries a mixed pattern was found. The findings of the study are discussed in the light of the literature on the EU’s legitimacy and communication deficit.
Keywords EU
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics; Mass Communication
Free Keywords content analysis; European parliamentary election; legitimacy; media
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 477-504
Journal European Union Politics, 7 (2006) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1465116506069440
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)