Media Effects on Public Opinion About the Enlargement of the European Union

18 Pages Posted: 19 May 2006

Abstract

Studies of public support for matters of European integration tend either to neglect or inadequately model the role of the mass media. This study investigates how news media content affects public support for the enlargement of the EU. Other influences on support for integration, such as economic evaluations, anti-immigration sentiment, domestic political considerations and cognitive mobilization are accounted for. The study draws on two-wave panel surveys and media content analyses of television news and national newspapers. The results suggest that media coverage of EU affairs matters to change in public opinion about EU enlargement. The effects of the news media, however, are conditional upon the visibility and consistency in tone of the news.

Suggested Citation

de Vreese, Claes H. and Boomgaarden, Hajo G., Media Effects on Public Opinion About the Enlargement of the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 419-436, June 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902991 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2006.00629.x

Claes H. De Vreese (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands
+31 20 525 2426/3680 (Phone)

Hajo G. Boomgaarden

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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