Elsevier ran an article in this week’s issue on privatization of politics. In the article Elsevier refers to a study by Nael Jebril, Erik Albaek and Claes de Vreese in which they conclude that news on politicians’ private life leads to cynicism about the functioning of politics. The Elsevier article can be found here (in Dutch).
Each year in November Erasmus Mundus students make their way from the beautiful city of Amsterdam to the European capital Brussels with the mission to see with their own eyes what they have read in research papers about the European Commission. And this year, the 2014/15 Erasmus Mundus group of the “Media and Politics” specialism track at the University of Amsterdam started this journey in the dawn of November 7 with the hope of making it to Brussels by 9am in the morning.
Both CPC members and PolComm students present their research results, share their columns or give their analysis of current political events. Take a look here.
Based on the WRR report on the socio-cultural contrasts in the Netherlands, Claes de Vreese participated in a public debate in the Hague with the Editors in Chief of NOS Journaal and RTL Nieuws on Tuesday, November 18: http://www.prodemos.nl/Agenda/Gescheiden-werelden. Rising political polarization and social-cultural differences in media use were the major themes discussed during the evening.
On Thursday November 27, Professor Sara Hobolt will give a lecture at ACCESS EUROPE, in which she discusses her recent book, ‘Blaming Europe? Responsibility without Accountability in the European Union’ (co-authored with James Tilley). Hobolt examines a key component of democratic accountability, namely ‘who is to blame’ in the European Union.
Anouk van Drunen successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the Agnietenkapel, University of Amsterdam on Wednesday, November 5. Her dissertation is entitled ‘“They Are Not Like Us”: How Media and Audiences Frame Muslims‘, and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Claes de Vreese, Prof. Dr. Rens Vliegenthart en Dr. Hajo Boomgaarden.
CPC researchers Linda Bos, Sanne Kruikemeier and Claes de Vreese published a chapter on socio-cultural differences in media consumption in a joint report by the WRR (Scientific Council for Government Policy) and SCP (The Netherlands Institute for Social Research) on the socio-cultural contrasts in the Netherlands. A copy of the report can be found using the following link. News items on the report can be found here: NRC, Trouw, Volkskrant.
On November 4, a symposium on voting advice applications (VAA) was organized in the city hall of Utrecht. During the symposium researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University presented their research on the influence of voting advice applications in the 2014 municipal elections in Utrecht. CPC researchers Claes de Vreese and Jasper van de Pol were both speakers at the event. Short presentations on the most important results of the study were followed by a debate among researchers, VAA developers and politicians. The outcome of the study was covered by several media, including Trouw and Radio 1.