By Wouter van der Brug, Claes H. de Vreese
Whilst direct elections for the eu Parliament have been first prepared in 1979, the belief was once that such direct elections could raise the democratic legitimacy and responsibility of the Parliament. additionally, the elections have been anticipated to elevate public curiosity, engagement and help for the eu venture. Did those elections support to extend legitimacy and responsibility? Did they elevate curiosity in and help for the 'European project'? Or, did those elections have accidental (and probably bad) effects? This quantity specializes in the implications of eu elections for public debate and involvement, for occasion structures, and for public opinion.
EP elections have triggered a couple of meant results: the salience of the elections within the media has long gone up and through the years electoral festival turns into extra vital, carrying out the crusade may also help increase ecu reviews, and Europe as a subject matter has develop into extra very important for vote casting at EP elections, boosting the superiority of so-called european vote casting. a few meant results haven't materialized in the course of the lifetime of the EP to this point: wisdom or turnout degrees haven't long gone up and electorate haven't turn into higher at judging what political events are delivering. The EP elections have, besides the fact that, additionally yielded a few accidental outcomes: EP elections hose down turnout for first time electorate in next elections, EP elections reason transitority decline in european aid, and the elections became a strategic enviornment for political events to place themselves on ecu matters and for brand spanking new routine and events to spice up or maintain their success.
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Here, again, we do not see many differences between the 27 Hajo G. Boomgaarden and Claes H. 2a–c Visibility of horizontal and vertical Europeanization and of domestic focus in EU news. different election years or between old and new member states. 2c shows the proportion of news stories with a domestic angle. We see a clear increase running in parallel in both old and new member states. In 2009, more than 70 per cent of news stories were located in the country in which they were published or broadcast.
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