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(Un)intended Consequences of EU Parliamentary Elections

Wouter van der Brug and Claes H. de Vreese

Abstract

When direct elections for the European Parliament were first organized in 1979, the idea was that such direct elections would increase the democratic legitimacy and accountability of the parliament. Moreover, the elections were expected to raise public interest, engagement, and support for the European project. Did these elections help to increase legitimacy and accountability? Did they increase interest in and support for the European project? Or, did these elections have unintended (and perhaps undesirable) consequences? This volume focuses on the consequences of European elections for publi ... More

Keywords: European elections, Euroscepticism, media, campaigns, EU support, parties, European Parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198757412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757412.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wouter van der Brug, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam

Claes H. de Vreese, editor
Professor of Political Communication, University of Amsterdam

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1 Introduction

Wouter van der Brug and Claes H. de Vreese

Part I Consequences of European Elections for Public Debate and Political Involvement

2 Do European Elections Create a European Public Sphere?

Hajo G. Boomgaarden and Claes H. de Vreese

4 Knowing Europe?

Jürgen Maier

Part II Consequences of European Elections for Party Systems

Part III Consequences of European Elections for Attitudes Towards Europe

Part IV Looking Ahead

14 Conclusion

Claes H. de Vreese and Wouter van der Brug