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.
On Thursday, April 10, Claes the Vreese will give a talk at the conference “European Public Sphere: Understanding the Roll of Mass Media and Interpersonal Discussion in Shaping Today’s European Citizenship” at the Center of European Studies, University of Texas at Austin. He will discuss his paper entitled “Messages and Talking: Effects of media and interpersonal communication on EU evaluations”. For more information about the event, click here.
On Tuesday, April 1, Marijn van Klingeren successfully defended her PhD dissertation, titled “Welcome” to Europe: How Media and Immigration Affect Increasing Euroscepticism”. The research focuses on the question why Europeans are becoming more and more eurosceptic. She investigated how media and immigration affect the attitudes of Europeans regarding the European Union from the mid 1990s up to the late 2000s. One of her main findings is that a constant presence of predominantly negative media coverage can lead to growing Euroscepticism within Europe. The dissertation was was supervised by prof.dr. Claes de Vreese, and co-supervised by dr. Hajo Boomgaarden and prof. dr. Rens Vliegenthart.
On Monday, May 12, Associate Professor Markus Prior from the University of Princeton will give a lecture, entitled “Media exposure; what are the problems and how to we move on?”. The lecture will commence at 16.00 hours and end around 17.00 hours. Location: VOC Room (E0.02), Oost Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48.
The next day, on Tuesday, May 13, he will a talk and a workshop to CPC researchers on “Applied panel methods: Understanding the development of political interest”. More info about Markus Prior: http://www.princeton.edu/~mprior/.
For political communication scholars, election days are always of special interest. Thus, yesterday, when the polling stations closed, CPC researcher Damian Trilling could not wait to finish his collection of Twitterdata on the local elections in the Netherlands and have a first look at them. More and more often political communication takes place on social media: Political parties use social media for campaining, citizens use it to engage in discussions with other citizens and with politicians, and news media are prominently present on social media as well. Whether a substantial debate about politics on social media actually occurs remains to be seen, but the number of messages sent are impressive. Reasons enough to track and analyze last month’s discussion on the Dutch local elections on Twitter.
Last week Claes de Vreese was invited to speak at two events. On March 11 Claes spoke on an event at the London School of Economics and Political Science on the economic crisis and European democracy, see link. On Thursday March 13 he participated in a Spui25 debate on the influence of voting advice applications on political knowledge and voting behavior.
On March 5 Sanne Kruikemeier was interviewed by the Telegraaf about her research on political candidates campaigning on Twitter and the impact on electoral support. A link to the article (in Dutch) can be found here. On the basis of various results from her research, the television program ‘Vandaag de Dag’ (March 6, part 4) mentioned that politicians would do well to create a Twitter account in order to attract votes for the upcoming Dutch local elections.