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(Un)intended Consequences of EU Parliamentary Elections$
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Wouter van der Brug and Claes H. de Vreese

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757412.001.0001

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Eurosceptic Vote Deviation and the Impact of News Media

Eurosceptic Vote Deviation and the Impact of News Media

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(p.171) 9 Eurosceptic Vote Deviation and the Impact of News Media
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(Un)intended Consequences of EU Parliamentary Elections
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Sylvia Kritzinger

David Johann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757412.003.0009

The chapter examines first how many voters deviate from the party they are closest to in left‐right terms, but rather vote for a Eurosceptic party. In addition, the contestation of the European issue is regarded. As voters require information about the political agenda to make a decision, the chapter explores contestation effects by analysing the impact of news media reporting. Using public opinion and media data of the 1999, 2004, and 2009 European Election Studies, it finds that only a few voters deviate from their left‐right preferences and choose a Eurosceptic party. Moreover, the news media hardly exert an influence on changes in ideological vote deviations even when taking individuals’ pre‐held EU attitudes into account.

Keywords:   ideological vote deviation, party contestation, media effects, Eurosceptic parties, European Parliament elections

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