What's the Talk in Brussels? Leveraging Daily News Coverage to Measure Issue Attention in the European Union
Ovádek, Michal, Nicolas Lampach, and Arthur Dyevre. "What’s the talk in Brussels? Leveraging daily news coverage to measure issue attention in the European Union." European Union Politics 21.2 (2020): 204-232.
33 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2019 Last revised: 3 Jun 2021
Date Written: May 24, 2019
Research on issue attention in the European Union has focused on the prominence of EU integration in domestic politics and media and, at EU level, on the salience of individual issues and legislative files, often in relation to lobbying. Existing EU-level measures of issue saliency, though, are limited in scope and periodicity and tend to reflect the policy priorities of a single institutional actor rather than that of the broader EU bubble. We present an alternative measure of issue attention leveraging information from the Agence Europe daily bulletin which provides comprehensive but independent news coverage of EU affairs. We use text-mining techniques, including dynamic topic modelling, in combination with manual classification to map issue prevalence between 1979 and 2018. In addition to reporting validation results, we illustrate how our measure relates to other indicators of EU agenda formation and explain how researchers can make use of our new dataset.
Keywords: Issue attention, Media, Dynamic topic model, Validation, European Union
JEL Classification: C19, C59, H79, K10
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