The making of a European public sphere: media discourse and political contention

Koopmans, Ruud and Statham, Paul, eds. (2010) The making of a European public sphere: media discourse and political contention. Communication, society and politics . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521138253

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This book investigates an important source of the European Union's recent legitimacy problems. It shows how European integration is debated in mass media, and how this affects democratic inclusiveness. Advancing integration implies a shift in power between governments, parliaments, and civil society. Behind debates over Europe's 'democratic deficit' is a deeper concern: whether democratic politics can perform effectively under conditions of Europeanization and globalization. This study is based on a wealth of unique data from seven European countries, combining newspaper content analyses, an innovative study of Internet communication structures, and hundreds of interviews with leading political and media representatives across Europe. It is by far the most far-reaching and empirically grounded study on the Europeanization of media discourse and political contention to date, and a must-read for anyone interested in how European integration changes democratic politics and why European integration has become increasingly contested.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Paul Statham
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 14:38
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 14:38
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