of Political Mobilisation and Communication in European Public Spheres
This project analyses the role of
intermediary public spheres, and mass media and collective mobilisation in
particular, in the process of European integration. It focuses on public
spheres both as channels for citizen participation and the expression of
citizenship identities, and as arenas in which EU policies and
institutions can be held accountable and where their legitimacy is at
stake. The project is proposed against the background of the increasing
Europeanisation of governance structures, on the one hand, and the lagging
behind of the development of an active European form of citizenship, on
the other – a problematic often denoted as the EU's 'democratic deficit'.
- in seven countries: Germany, France, the
United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland;
Our methodological approach combines the analysis of political claim-making and editorials in newspapers in our seven countries as well as on the European level with structured interviews with institutional representatives, civil society actors, and mass media professionals. In addition, the study pays special attention to the potential for transnational networks of political communication and mobilisation in the internet.
Last Update: 06-12-2004