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
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
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.