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

Grill, Christiane ; Boomgaarden, Hajo G.

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Communications : The European Journal of Communication Research
Volume: 43
Issue number: 4
Page range: 468-488
Place of publication: Berlin ; Boston, MA
Publishing house: De @Gruyter
ISSN: 0341-2059 , 1613-4087
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: 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.

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