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The European Journal of Communication Research

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

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Volume 35, Issue 1


Effects of domestic media use on European integration

Michael Scharkow / Jens Vogelgesang
Published Online: 2010-03-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/comm.2010.004


In recent research, the declining support for European integration is often attributed to the lack of a European public sphere. The comparatively low level of Europeanization in the news media is said to promote euroscepticism or at least hinder further integration. We ask if, and what kinds of, media effects are theoretically plausible and empirically observable in the context of European integration. Based on Eurobarometer data, we evaluate the impact of domestic media use of EU citizens on their attitudes towards the EU and Europe. Using structural equation modeling (SEM) techniques in a cross-national analysis, we can demonstrate that domestic media use has a positive but small effect on knowledge, attachment to Europe and support for the European Union.

Keywords:: European integration; Public sphere; Media use; EU support

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Published Online: 2010-03-10

Published in Print: 2010-03-01

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 73–91, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/comm.2010.004.

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