Until July 15th Andreas Schuck is Visiting Scholar at the School of Media & Public Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, USA. The visit is connected to his current VENI research project: “Dealing with Feelings: The (de-)mobilizing role of emotions in political communication” which is funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). During his time in Washington Andreas is working on two studies, investigating the effects of news coverage of (1) genetically modified (GM) food production and (2) climate change and global warming on the emotions of citizens (such as fear, anger or hope) and their impact on subsequent political behavior (such as protest, information-seeking, donating or civic engagement).
Sanne Kruikemeier successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the Agnietenkapel, University of Amsterdam on Wednesday, June 11. Her dissertation is entitled “Getting connected: The effects of online political communication on citizens’ political involvement”, and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Claes de Vreese, Prof. Dr. Rens Vliegenhart and Dr. Guda van Noort.
She investigated to what extent the Internet influences citizens. The results showed that few people are politically active online. Sanne also found that personal and interactive communication makes citizens feel close to politics. This means that when politicians themselves start an online dialogue, citizens feel more involved with politics.
Two ASCoR PhD students and CPC members won a Top 3 PhD Student Paper Award in the Political Communication division at this year’s ICA conference in Seattle. One of the awards went to Bjorn Burscher with the paper “Automatic Coding of Policy Issues in News Articles and Parliamentary Questions”. The other award went to Jasper van de Pol with the paper “Users of VAAs – A Typology”.
Mark Boukes, also PhD student at ASCoR and CPC member, won a Top Student Paper Award in the Information Systems division with the paper “Nonparametric Unfolding: An Unknown Scaling Method for Bipolar Conc epts Such as Soft Versus Hard News”.
On Friday, June 6, Claes de Vreese participated in a round table debate in The Hague on the new European Parliament. During the event, several academic experts, European policymakers, and members of the European Parliament presented their views and ideas on the present and future of the EP in a discussion.
On Monday, May 26, there will be a debate on the “European Elections: the day after” at Spui25 in Amsterdam. CPC researcher Katjana Gattermann, postdoc at ACCESS EUROPE, will participate in a panel which will analyse and discuss the (preliminary) results of the European Elections.
Claes de Vreese was interviewed by Danish Radio 1 on Wednesday on youth turnout in the upcoming elections and again on Friday about the elections in the East. There were also interviews in Nieuwsuur, in the Saturday editions of NRC and a longer piece on the media coverage of the European elections in de Volkskrant. In addition Nu.nl carried a story as did the Danish news agency Ritzau. Monday afternoon, May 19, Claes is speaking at a press event for foreign correspondents in the Netherlands about the upcoming election.
Joost van Spanje wrote an article for the Dutch opinion website Joop.nl about the media attention for eurosceptics. For a link to the article (in Dutch) see here.
On Wednesday, May 14, there will be a debate about the upcoming European Parliament Elections on the ‘Evening of Democracy’ in the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. During this evening Prof. Wouter van der Brug and CPC researcher Prof. Claes de Vreese will present their research into the (un)intented consequences of the European Parliament Elections. Their presentation will be followed by a debate with former and current European Parliament members.
The event is co-organized by ACCESS Europe, Challenges to Democratic Representation and CPC, in collaboration with the Rode Hoed: http://www.rodehoed.nl/nl/programma/agenda/event/352/De-keerzijde-van-de-Europese-verkiezingen.
On Saturday, April 12, several media interviewed CPC researchers on Europe. Marijn van Klingeren was interviewed by Het Parool about her research on euroscepticism. Marijn defended her dissertation and, as Het Parool reports, she found negative media coverage can lead to growing Euroscepticism within Europe. A copy of the article in Het Parool (in Dutch) can be found here. Claes de Vreese was interviewed by the NRC on the first results of a large survey research into the 2014 European elections of the University of Amsterdam. The article states that Dutch citizens show little support for the free movement of persons in the EU if this also applies to Romanians and Bulgarians.
Jasper van de Pol published a co-authored chapter on voting advice applications in a report on the function and future of political parties by the Council for Public Administration. A copy of the report can be found using the following link.