Citizens, Europe and the Media - Conti, Nicolò;Memoli, Vincenzo
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The volume presents the most comprehensive survey to date of citizens' use of media and attitudes towards the EU. It shows that the media have a definite, but differentiated, impact on citizens' attitudes. A broad use of media positively influences support for the EU, as it refines citizens' cognitive capabilities and understanding of the European reality. However, prevalent use of online media serves to channel more critical attitudes and disaffection for the EU. A negative climate, particularly on the rise on the Internet and among the young and well-educated generations of active users,…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
The volume presents the most comprehensive survey to date of citizens' use of media and attitudes towards the EU. It shows that the media have a definite, but differentiated, impact on citizens' attitudes. A broad use of media positively influences support for the EU, as it refines citizens' cognitive capabilities and understanding of the European reality. However, prevalent use of online media serves to channel more critical attitudes and disaffection for the EU. A negative climate, particularly on the rise on the Internet and among the young and well-educated generations of active users, could influence the context where the most important political decisions on the EU are taken. This could give a completely new perspective to EU development that, in the past, has always been about creating an ever closer union and whose path might be more difficult in the future if collective action through the Internet becomes a major challenge.
Autorenporträt
Nicolò Conti is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Unitelma Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His main research focus is on parties, elites and the EU, and on coalition governance. On these topics he has published articles in several international journals. He has recently edited The Challenge of Coalition Government: The Italian Case (2015 - with F. Marangoni) and Party Attitudes Towards the EU in the Member States. Parties for Europe, Parties Against Europe (2014).
Vincenzo Memoli is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Catania, Italy. His main research interests are in the fields of democracy, media, public opinion and political behaviour. On these topics he has published articles in several international journals. He is the author of Why Policy Representation Matters: The Consequences of Ideological Congruence between Citizens and their Governments (2015 - with L. Curini and W. Joe).
Inhaltsangabe
1. Introduction.- 2. Citizens, attitudes toward the EU, use of the media.- 3. The impact of media on citizens' attitudes.- 4. One or many EUs?.- 5. A specific profile: Internet users.- 6. The context of opposition to and support for the EU in the member states.