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Title: This time it’s different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on young citizens and its consequence for EU democracy–evidence from a quasi-experiment in 24 countries
Authors: Maier, Jürgen 
Faas, Thorsten 
Rittberger, Berthold 
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica 
Josifides, Kalliope Agapiou 
Banducci, Susan 
Bellucci, Paolo 
Blomgren, Magnus 
Brikse, Inta 
Chwedczuk-Szulc, Karol 
Lobo, Marina Costa 
Cześnik, Mikołaj 
Deligiaouri, Anastasia 
Deželan, Tomaž 
deNooy, Wouter 
Di Virgilio, Aldo 
Fesnic, Florin 
Fink-Hafner, Danica 
Grbeša, Marijana 
Greab, Carmen 
Henjak, Andrija 
Hopmann, David Nicolas 
Johann, David 
Jelenfi, Gábor 
Kavaliauskaite, Jurate 
Kmetty, Zoltan 
Kritzinger, Sylvia 
Magalhães, Pedro C. 
Meyer, Vincent 
Mihailova, Katia 
Mirchev, Mihail 
Pitkänen, Ville 
Ramonaite, Aine 
Reidy, Theresa 
Rybar, Marek 
Sammut, Carmen 
Santana-Pereira, José 
Spurava, Guna 
Spyridou, Lia Paschalia 
Stefanel, Adriana 
Štětka, Václav 
Surdej, Aleksander 
Tardos, Róbert 
Trimithiotis, Dimitris 
Vezzoni, Christiano 
Világi, Aneta 
Zavecz, Gergo 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Media and Communications
Keywords: EP election campaign;EU attitudes;political knowledge;televised debate
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2018
Source: Journal of European Public Policy, 2018, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 606-629
Volume: 25
Issue: 4
Start page: 606
End page: 629
Journal: Journal of European Public Policy 
Abstract: For the very first time in EU history, the 2014 EP elections provided citizens with the opportunity to influence the nomination of the Commission President by casting a vote for the main Europarties’ ‘lead candidates’. By subjecting the position of the Commission President to an open political contest, many experts have formulated the expectation that heightened political competition would strengthen the weak electoral connection between EU citizens and EU legislators, which some consider a root cause for the EU’s lack of public support. In particular, this contest was on display in the so-called ‘Eurovision Debate’, a televised debate between the main contenders for the Commission President broadcasted live across Europe. Drawing on a quasi-experimental study conducted in 24 EU countries, we find that debate exposure led to increased cognitive and political involvement and EU support among young citizens. Unfortunately, the debate has only reached a very small audience.
ISSN: 1350-1763
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268643
Rights: © Taylor & Francis
Type: Article
Affiliation : University of Koblenz-Landau 
University of Mainz 
University of Salzburg 
University of Cyprus 
University of Exeter 
University of Siena 
Umeå University 
University of Latvia 
University of Wrocław 
University of Lisbon 
University of Social Sciences and Humanities 
Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences 
University of Ljubljana 
University of Amsterdam 
University of Bologna 
University of Cluj 
University of Zagreb 
University of Southern Denmark 
University of Vienna 
Eötvös Lóránd University 
Vilnius University 
University of Vienna 
University Nice Sophia Antipolis 
University of Sofia 
University of Turku 
Vilnius University 
University of Cork 
Masaryk University Brno 
University of Malta 
University of Latvia 
University of Bucharest 
Charles University in Prague 
Cracow University of Economics 
ELTE University 
University of Trento 
Comenius University in Bratislava 
Central European University 
Cyprus University of Technology 
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