1. bookVolume 13 (2017): Issue 2-3 (December 2017)
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16 Apr 2015
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Analyzing Malaise and Mobilization: The Effects of Media on Political Support and European Identity in Old and New Member States

Published Online: 06 Feb 2018
Volume & Issue: Volume 13 (2017) - Issue 2-3 (December 2017)
Page range: 33 - 51
Journal Details
First Published
16 Apr 2015
Publication timeframe
2 times per year

The recent financial crisis and the way it was handled by European Union (EU) received a great deal of media coverage, and since the media has a tendency to alter public opinion, it is safe to assume that it has affected some Europeans’ attitudes towards the EU. In order to test that assumption, a model was built around the theoretical framework of “media malaise,” and »political support«. It was found that the media certainly affected and shaped public opinion; however, study revealed that consuming media has not made people more cynical towards the EU. Based on secondary data analysis of Eurobarometer the study reveals positive relationship of media mobilization effect with European’s political attitudes and identity.


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