Social Media and European Politics

Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era

  • Mauro Barisione
  • Asimina Michailidou

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pablo Barberá, Cristian Vaccari, Augusto Valeriani
    Pages 25-52
  3. Michael Bossetta, Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Hans-Jörg Trenz
    Pages 53-76
  4. Terje Rasmussen
    Pages 219-240
  5. Jochen Roose, Moritz Sommer, Franziska Scholl, Maria Kousis, Kostas Kanellopoulos, Angelos Loukakis
    Pages 267-290
  6. Michael Bossetta, Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Hans-Jörg Trenz
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-309

About this book


This volume investigates the role of social media in European politics in changing the focus, frames and actors of public discourse around the EU decision-making process. Throughout the collection, the contributors test the hypothesis that the internet and social media are promoting a structural transformation of European public spheres which goes well beyond previously known processes of mediatisation  of EU politics. This transformation addresses more fundamental challenges in terms of changing power relations, through processes of active citizen empowerment and exertion of digitally networked counter-power by civil society, news media, and political actors, as well as rising contestation of representative legitimacy of the EU institutions. Social Media and European Politics offers a comprehensive approach to the analysis of political agency and social media in European Union politics, by bringing together scholarly works from the fields of public sphere theory, digital media, political networks, journalism studies, euroscepticism, political activism and social movements, political parties and election campaigning, public opinion and audience studies.


digital Europe European Politics political science politics social media social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Mauro Barisione
    • 1
  • Asimina Michailidou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social and Political SciencesUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.ARENA Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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