Balanced or biased? Interest groups and gegislative gobbying in the european news media

Iskander De Bruycker, Jan Beyers*

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Abstract

This article examines the coverage of legislative lobbying in European news media. The starting point thereby is that lobbying in the crowded European Union (EU)-level interest community is not only a struggle for direct access to policymakers, but that in order to realize policy goals many interest groups rely on political attention generated by the media. Our main research question is how media attention is skewed toward particular interests and which factors explain these varying levels of prominence. Our empirical analysis is based on a set of 125 legislative proposals adopted by the European Commission between 2008 and 2010. For all these cases we identified 379 interest organizations that made public statements, we coded the amount of media attention these organized interests gained, the type of statements they made as well as some key organizational features. While the aggregate levels of attention look pretty balanced, our evidence shows that media prominence is skewed toward particular types of interests; in particular that organized interests which oppose a proposed policy gain significantly higher levels of media attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-474
Number of pages22
JournalPolitical Communication
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • interest groups
  • legislative politics
  • European Union
  • media attention
  • HEAVENLY CHORUS
  • PUBLIC-OPINION
  • COVERAGE
  • ACCESS
  • POLICY
  • COMMUNICATION
  • MOBILIZATION
  • PROMINENCE
  • STRATEGIES
  • ATTENTION

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