Bringing the Mass Media in. The Contribution of the Mass Media for Understanding Citizens’ Attitudes towards the European Union

Adam, Silke (September 2009). Bringing the Mass Media in. The Contribution of the Mass Media for Understanding Citizens’ Attitudes towards the European Union (KFG Working Paper Series 4). Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin

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Economic considerations, identity related considerations and cueing theory are used for explaining citizens’ attitudes towards the European Union. Yet, all of this research has failed to show how elite cues on interests and identities actually reach the citizens. As a consequence, the author argues that domestic mass media as the most widely used source for citizens’ information about the European Union has the potential to fill this missing link. Mass media actively construct reality by promoting ideas (agenda-setting and framing) and thereby shaping processes of socialization and persuasion. In this article the author discusses theoretical concepts of how mass media might affect citizens’ attitudes, summarizes what we know about the role of domestic mass media in the course of EU integration, derives research desiderates and finally shows why knowledge on the link between mass media and citizens is paramount to understand the future of EU integration.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Adam, Silke

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1868-6834

Series:

KFG Working Paper Series

Publisher:

Freie Universität Berlin

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lena Floriana Studer

Date Deposited:

11 Jun 2020 10:46

Last Modified:

11 Jun 2020 10:46

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141608

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141608

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