How parties justified the 2014 EP election debate. A comparative analysis in six EU countries

Eugster, Beatrice (29 August 2015). How parties justified the 2014 EP election debate. A comparative analysis in six EU countries (Unpublished). In: ECPR General Conference. Montreal, Canada. 26.-29.08.2015.

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On the role of parties as important channels for people to voice their preferences there is a sound consensus in the literature. Traditional socio-economic concerns have been more and more displaced by culturally fought issues such as immigration and European integration. Scholarly works, however, have paid less attention how, if at all, parties combine different cultural issues. The primary aim of the analysis is to investigate if and under which conditions parties link immigration and European integration issues to address the growing discontent in the population with these issues. Our expectation is that parties endorse different strategies depending on the party competition, in particular the presence of a populist challenger. The analysis is based on a quantitative content analysis of press releases and newspapers articles published in the 12 weeks preceding the 2014 EP election in five European countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom).

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Eugster, Beatrice


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Beatrice Eugster

Date Deposited:

02 May 2016 15:02

Last Modified:

20 Sep 2017 19:38

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Panel "Electoral Politics in the EU" Im Programm unter dem Titel: "How Parties Frame Immigration and European Integration. A Comparative Analysis of the 2014 EP Elections"




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