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Contesting Europe

Contesting Europe

Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage

By Pieter de Wilde, Asimina Michailidou, and Hans J. Trenz

Publication Date: Jun 2013

Pages 292

ECPR Press

Paperback 9781907301513
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00

Investigates the way politicians and citizens evaluated the European Union and the process of European integration in public debates during the 2009 European Parliament elections. The authors present detailed, rigorous analysis of citizens' online response to news stories, and reveal new evidence about the dynamic nature of online contestation of Europe and the degree of convergence towards Euroscepticism. Such convergence provides new challenges for democratic representation in the EU, and insight into the public basis for a legitimate European Union.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations xi

Contributors xiii

Acknowledgements xvi

Preface xvii

Chapter One: Political Contestation and European Integration:

A Public Sphere Approach 1

Chapter Two: A Comparative Mixed-Methods Approach of Online

EU Polity Contestation 21

Chapter Three: Contesting Europe: Towards Convergence? 37

Chapter Four: The Mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in Austria:

EP Campaigning Between Media Populism and Far Right Extremism 61

Chapter Five: EU Polity Contestation in France and French-Speaking Belgium:

The Bounded Impact of a Referendum

Amandine Crespy and Olga Fimin 79

Chapter Six: Contending European Integration in Germany:

From Permissive Consensus to Moderate Euroscepticism 101

Chapter Seven: Reflecting a Morose Political Climate:

EU Polity Contestation in Hungary

Maria Heller, Tamás Kohut and Borbála Kriza 119

Chapter Eight: The Netherlands:

Reliving the 2005 Referendum on the Constitutional Treaty? 137

Chapter Nine: The European Other:

The EU as External Threat in the Polish Online Debate

Natasza Styczyńska 155

Chapter Ten: The UK: A Case of Extraordinary Euroscepticism 173

Chapter Eleven: The Limited Convergence in EU Polity Contestation:

Implications for Democracy 195

Appendices 205

Bibliography 225

Index 259

Pieter de Wilde is senior researcher at the Department of Transnational Conflict and International Institutions, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo where he conducted research on the politicisation of European integration at ARENA, Center for European Studies. Currently, he is working on the WZB project 'The Political Sociology of Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism'.

Asimina Michailidou is senior researcher at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway. Her work revolves around two themes: the European public sphere and online media communications. She is currently exploring the interplay between online media and mobilisation in the context of crisis under ARENA's EUROTRANS project (The Transformation and Sustainability of the European Political Order).

Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor in European Studies at the University of Copenhagen and adjunct Professor at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. His main research interests are in the areas of media, communication and public sphere, civil society, European civilisation and identity, migration and ethnic minorities, cultural and political sociology, social and political theory, democracy and constitutionalism in the European Union.

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