Pieter de Wilde, Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz have recently published the book Contesting Europe: Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage with ECPR Press.
Contesting Europe: Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage investigates the way politicians and citizens evaluate the European Union and the process of European integration in public debates during the 2009 EP elections. It presents detailed and rigorous content analysis of online media where citizens directly and voluntarily respond to news stories posted by journalists.
New evidence is presented about the dynamic nature of contestation about Europe on the internet and the degree of convergence towards Euroscepticism across EU member states. Such convergence provides new challenges for democratic representation in the EU and provides insight into the public basis for a legitimate European Union.
About the authors
Pieter de Wilde is senior researcher at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo where he conducted research on the politicisation of European integration at ARENA.
Asimina Michailidou is senior researcher at ARENA. Her work revolves around two themes: the European public sphere and online media communications.
Hans-Jörg Trenz is Professor of European Studies and coordinator of the Centre for Modern European Studies, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is also Adjunct Professor at ARENA.
Contesting Europe: Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage
Pieter de Wilde, Asimina Michailidou and Hans-Jörg Trenz
ECPR Press, 2013