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Social Media and European Politics

Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Unites, for the first time in one volume, insights into the consequences and effects that online news and social media have on EU politics

  • Brings together multiple disciplinary perspectives with a range of international contributors

  • Analyzes the interrelation between EU politics, legitimacy and mediatization

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

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Social Media, Personalisation of News Reporting, and Media Systems’ Polarisation in Europe

    • Pablo Barberá, Cristian Vaccari, Augusto Valeriani
    Pages 25-52
  3. Engaging with European Politics Through Twitter and Facebook: Participation Beyond the National?

    • Michael Bossetta, Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Hans-Jörg Trenz
    Pages 53-76
  4. Mediated Frustration and Self-Legitimation

    • Terje Rasmussen
    Pages 219-240
  5. Debating Responsibility on the Eurozone Crisis in Traditional Media Newspaper Reporting in Greece and Germany Under a Social Media Lens

    • Jochen Roose, Moritz Sommer, Franziska Scholl, Maria Kousis, Kostas Kanellopoulos, Angelos Loukakis
    Pages 267-290
  6. Erratum to: Engaging with European Politics Through Twitter and Facebook: Participation Beyond the National?

    • 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.

Keywords

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

Reviews

“Well-composed, penetrating and refreshingly sober.” (Alexandra Segerberg, Stockholm University, Sweden)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Social and Political Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy

    Mauro Barisione

  • ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Asimina Michailidou

About the editors

Mauro Barisione is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He is head of POMLAB (Public Opinion and Media Lab) and vice president of ITANES (Italian National Election Studies). His research focuses on public opinion and voting, political participation and social media, leadership and political communication.

Asimina Michailidou is Researcher in Political Communication at the ARENA Centre for European Studies in the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research specialises in political and crisis communication within digital public sphere formats, as well as in digital communication strategies of EU institutions.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Social Media and European Politics

  • Book Subtitle: Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era

  • Editors: Mauro Barisione, Asimina Michailidou

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59890-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-59889-9Published: 01 August 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-93687-8Published: 04 November 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-59890-5Published: 19 July 2017

  • Series ISSN: 2946-6016

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-6024

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 309

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Political Sociology, European Politics, Social Media, Online Marketing/Social Media

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Softcover Book USD 99.99
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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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Hardcover Book USD 129.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
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