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The emergence of a European Community of communication : insights from empirical research on the Europeanization of public spheres

Die Entstehung einer Europäischen Union der Kommunikation : Einblicke in empirische Forschungen über die Europäisierung des öffentlichen Raums
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Steeg, Marianne van de; Risse, Thomas

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft Kolleg-Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"
Abstract A European public sphere emerges out of Europeanized national public spheres if the following two phenomena are verified. First, if and when the same (European) themes are discussed at the same time with similar frames of reference, meaning structures, and patterns of interpretation across the various media sources. Second, if and when a transnational community of communication emerges in which speakers and listeners recognize each other as legitimate participants in a discourse that frames the issues at stake as common European problems. We present empirical evidence from other scholars and two case studies of our own, namely Eastern enlargement and the sanctions against the Austrian ÖVP/FPÖ-government. The main finding is that at least when European issues are discussed, that a European public sphere is constituted and re-constituted through the discursive connections and debates across borders.
Keywords EU; Europeanization; public space; EU policy; european identity; European integration; eastwards expansion; EU expansion; collective identity; communications area; communication policy; discourse; media; reporting; politicization
Classification European Politics; Mass Communication
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords European public sphere; transnational communication
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Berlin
Page/Pages 30 p.
Series KFG Working Paper Series, 15
ISSN 1868-7601
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications