The structure of the debate on EU integration issues. A comparative analysis of party communication in the EP 2014 elections

Eugster, Beatrice (18 November 2014). The structure of the debate on EU integration issues. A comparative analysis of party communication in the EP 2014 elections (Unpublished). In: Campaigning for Europe 2014: Parties, Mass Media and Voters in the European Parliamentary Elections 2014. Annweiler-Bindersbach, Germany. 17.-19.11.2014.

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The results of Eurosceptic parties in the recent European parliament election provide further evidence that the “permissive consensus” on European integration blurred. This paper focuses on the structure of the debate on EU integration issues. Which EU integration issues and positions do parties put forward? Can the debate on EU integration issues be subsumed in one or several dimensions? Do they reflect national political conflicts such as the left-right and the ‘new politics’/cultural divide? Or do they form one unique or several EU-specific dimensions, e.g. national sovereignty versus integration? In order to address these questions, this paper departs from the assumption that debate on European integration is multidimensional in its nature and therefore entails a multitude of issue areas. In other words, it does not look at how socio-economic and cultural issues are related to European integration but focuses on its components, i.e. particular EU-specific policies such as EU-wide employment, environment, immigration and monetary policy. The paper departs from the cleavage theory on political di-visions and different approaches transferring them to EU politics. Two points should be noted; first, this paper does not compare the debate on European integration issues between the national level and the EU level, but whether domestic divisions are reflected at the EU level. Second, it is not concerned with the general ideo-logical profile of political parties on EU integration issues, but on EU issues that parties communicated through press releases. By doing this, the paper is concerned with the salient EU issues that parties touch upon.

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

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Eugster, Beatrice


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Beatrice Eugster

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29 Apr 2015 12:39

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16 Sep 2017 18:41




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