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The European Journal of Communication Research

Ed. by Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie / d'Haenens, Leen

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Volume 43, Issue 4


How citizens (could) turn into an informed public: Explaining citizens’ attentiveness for European parliamentary elections

Christiane Grill / Hajo Boomgaarden
Published Online: 2018-11-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2017-0050


Being attentive to European Parliamentary (EP) elections is a decisive prerequisite in becoming more knowledgeable about EU affairs as well as eventually participating in EU politics. Even though attentiveness to politics is a common way of acquiring political information en passant, empirical studies in this realm are scarce. By systematically integrating content analysis data (N = 6432 news stories) with a three-wave panel survey (N = 1497), this study examines the explanatory factors for citizens’ attentiveness to the 2014 EP election. OLS regression models demonstrate that turnout intention and political activity predict citizens’ attentiveness to the election. Media consumption of EU news marginally drives attention to the election.

Keywords: European Parliament; election; political attentiveness; multi-method design

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Published Online: 2018-11-13

Published in Print: 2018-11-08

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 43, Issue 4, Pages 468–488, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2017-0050.

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