Media Effects on Support for European Integration in Old and New EU Member States
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University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) in Warsaw
Publication date: 2015-06-30
Polish Sociological Review 2015;190(2):153–170
The study measures the strength of media effects on attitudes to EU integration.Media exposure is the independent variable; support for European integration is the dependent variable; socio-economic conditions and cognitive-cultural variables are contextual variables. The analysis covers 27 EU member states at the time of 2009 EP election. Both micro-level variables and country-level effects were taken into consideration in hierarchical linear models. Data from the PIREDEU study was used. Analyses document weak influence of media exposure on attitudes. The overall positive effect is mostly concentrated in stable democracies with well-developed media systems.
The author would like to express profound gratitude to Jan Zielonka, the Principal Investigator of the project, Radosław Markowski, co-chair of the Advisory Committee, and team members for valuable cooperation.
The article was written during author’s affiliationwith the Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe project and is a result of work within its framework. This ERC-funded project was based at the University of Oxford.