'Bridging the Gap' between EU Politics and Citizens? The European Commission, National Media and EU Affairs in the Public Sphere

P.H.M.G. Bijsmans, C. Altides

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Abstract information about political processes is an important prerequisite for debates in the public sphere, which can strengthen the legitimacy of decisions. This article analyses how far both commission communication and media news coverage contain information on (a) policy issues, (b) the policy process and (c) the actors involved and the positions they take. Data have been gathered through a qualitative content analysis of commission communication output and the news coverage in two dutch and two german newspapers with regard to two specific policies: the sustainable use of natural resources and wastes and the accession process leading up to the eastern enlargement. The results suggest that the commission and the national media emphasize different aspects of the eu political process. This could pose problems in terms of the legitimacy of eu policies and the commission’s role therein.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-340
JournalJournal of European Integration
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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