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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 
Keywords: EP election campaign;EU attitudes;political knowledge;televised debate
Category: Media and Communications
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2018
Source: Journal of European Public Policy, Volume 25, Issue 4, 3 April 2018, Pages 606-629
Journal: Journal of European Public Policy 
Abstract: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. 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: 13501763
DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268643
Type: Article
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