This time it’s different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on young citizens’ and its consequence for EU democracy – evidence from a quasi-experiment in 24 countries
Mikołaj Cześnik , Jürgen Maier , Thorsten Faas , Berthold Rittberger , Jessica Fortin-Rittberger , Kalliope Agapiou Josifides , Susan Banducci , Paolo Bellucci , Magnus Blomgren , Inta Brikse , Karol Chwedczuk-Szulc , Marina Costa Lobo , Anastasia Deligiaouri , Tomaž Deželan , Wouter deNooy , Aldo Di Virgilio , Florin Fesnic , Danica Fink-Hafner , Marijana Grbeša , Carmen Greab , Andrija Henjak , David Nicolas Hopmann , David Johann , Gábor Jelenfi , Jurate Kavaliauskaite , Zoltan Kmetty , Sylvia Kritzinger , Pedro C. Magalhães , Vincent Meyer , Katia Mihailova , Mihail Mirchev , Ville Pitkänen , Aine Ramonaite , Theresa Reidy , Marek Rybar , Carmen Sammut , José Santana-Pereira , Guna Spurava , Lia-Paschalla Spyridou , Adriana Stefanel , Václav Štětka , Aleksander Surdej , Róbert Tardos , Dimitris Trimithiotis , Christiano Vezzoni , Aneta Világi , Gergo Zavecz
AbstractFor the very first time in EU history, the 2014 EP elections provided citizens with the opportunity to influence the nomination of the Commission President by casting a vote for the main Europarties’ ‘lead candidates’. By subjecting the position of the Commission President to an open political contest, many experts have formulated the expectation that heightened political competition would strengthen the weak electoral connection between EU citizens and EU legislators, which some consider a root cause for the EU’s lack of public support. In particular, this contest was on display in the so-called ‘Eurovision Debate’, a televised debate between the main contenders for the Commission President broadcasted live across Europe. Drawing on a quasi-experimental study conducted in 24 EU countries, we find that debate exposure led to increased cognitive and political involvement and EU support among young citizens. Unfortunately, the debate has only reached a very small audience.
|Journal series||Journal of European Public Policy, ISSN 1350-1763, (A 40 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||1.15|
|Keywords in English||EP election campaign, EU attitudes, political knowledge, televised debate|
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 1.873; : 2017 = 2.994 (2) - 2017=3.299 (5)|
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