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The reporting of the EU in the print media and the development of Eurosceptic movements: A case study of Britain and Norway

Solli, Kristine 2020. The reporting of the EU in the print media and the development of Eurosceptic movements: A case study of Britain and Norway. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

Recent years have seen the development of Euroscepticism and a number of Eurosceptic parties have gained either a part in government or a hand in supporting minority governments. Growing literature on Euroscepticism deals with the concept itself, but it has also been related to political communication and the media, with the perception that framing effects in the media influence the development of Euroscepticism. This research studies to what extent the print media and grassroots campaigns contribute to the success of Eurosceptic movements. It focuses on ‘No to the EU’ in Norway and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in the UK. In order to identify changes in the reporting, the research studies a longer period of time from the 1970s to 2014. It identifies key concepts and arguments in the reporting, the frequency in the reporting and changes in media attitudes towards the EU. The research demonstrates that whereas framing effects (how the debate is constructed in the media) do not bring any immediate political opportunities for Eurosceptic movements, priming effects (how often certain issues are reported on) do. Eurosceptic movements find it easier to mobilise opposition against the EU at critical junctures, when the media report more frequently on the EU. Furthermore, the research argues that mobilisation by Eurosceptic groups requires both media attention and grassroots campaigning to be successful, as grassroots activities effectively spread information and engage the public in debate on the EU.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 September 2020
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 08:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/135167

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