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Shifting Europe's Boundaries : mass media, public opinion and the enlargement of the EU

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Maier, Jürgen; Rittberger, Berthold

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Abstract This article demonstrates that public attitudes towards EU enlargement are strongly affected by exposure to the mass media. It reveals `priming' effects by showing that media exposure affects the standards by which individuals evaluate the accession of potential candidate countries. To gain a more refined understanding about media effects on enlargement attitudes, we analytically separate three different factors that underlie EU enlargement support for a given candidate country: its economic performance, its state of democracy and its perceived cultural `match' with the EU. Employing an experimental design, we probe the media-induced effects of these factors on EU enlargement attitudes.
Keywords experiment
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics; Mass Communication
Free Keywords enlargement; mass media; public opinion
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 243-267
Journal European Union Politics, 9 (2008) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)