News media’s position-taking regarding the European Union: the synchronization of mass media’s reporting and commentating in the 2014 European Parliament elections

New publication co-authored by Rachid Azrout, Judith Möller and Claes de Vreese in Journal of European Public Policy. Read the abstract here. Abstract: We analyse whether a newspaper’s editorial position regarding the European Union is related to its selection decisions in the news section. We ask whether such a synchronization between news and editorials exists, whether it is conditioned by…

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The moderating role of identification and campaign exposure in party cueing effects

New publication by Rachid Azrout and Claes de Vreese published in West European Politics. Read the abstract here. Abstract: In a democracy, citizens are expected to have political opinions. Previous research has shown that citizens, in part, form their opinions by following cues from political parties. Building on this literature, this article argues that these cueing effects are the result…

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Less than Expected? How Media Cover Demonstration Turnout

New publication by Ruud Wouters and Kirsten Van Camp in International Journal of Press/Politics. You can find the abstract and link to the full text below.   Demonstration turnout is a crucial political resource for social movements. In this article, we investigate how mass media cover demonstration size. We develop a typology of turnout coverage and scrutinize the factors…

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Practicing what you preach: How Cosmopolitanism promotes Willingness to Redistribute Transnationally.

New publication by Erika Van Elsas and co-authors in Journal of European Public Policy. Read the abstract below! The political fault lines surrounding the European sovereign debt crisis have underlined the political relevance and the fragile foundation of public support for international redistribution in the European Union. Against the backdrop of an emerging political integration-demarcation divide, this contribution examines…

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News consumption and its unpleasant side effect

New publication by Mark Boukes and Rens Vliegenthart in Journal of Media Psychology. Read the abstract below.   Following the news is generally understood to be crucial for democracy as it allows citizens to politically participate in an informed manner; yet, one may wonder about the unintended side effects it has for the mental well-being of citizens. With news…

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Genuine effects of vote advice applications on party choice: Filtering out factors that affect both the advice obtained and the vote

Previous research shows effects of the advice from voting advice applications (VAAs) on party choice. These effects could be spurious because of common origins of the obtained advice and party choice in antecedent factors like prior voting, issue voting and campaign effects. Here three-wave panel surveys and media content data for the Dutch national election campaigns of 2010 and…

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Online behavioral advertising: A literature review and research agenda

Advertisers are increasingly monitoring people’s online behavior and using the information collected to show people individually targeted advertisements. This phenomenon is called online behavioral advertising (OBA). Although advertisers can benefit from OBA, the practice also raises concerns about privacy. Therefore, OBA has received much attention from advertisers, consumers, policymakers, and scholars. Despite this attention, there is neither a strong…

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How established parties reduce other parties’ electoral support: The strategy of parroting the pariah

In every democracy, established political parties are challenged by other parties. Established parties react in various ways to other parties’ presence. A key hypothesis in the relevant literature is that established parties can decrease another party’s electoral support by parroting it, i.e. adopting its core policy issue position. This article argues, and demonstrates empirically, that this hypothesised effect mainly…

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The role of candidate evaluations in the 2014 European Parliament elections: Towards the personalization of voting behaviour?

We study the personalization of voting behaviour in European Parliament elections. We argue that information from the media is crucial for providing linkages between candidates and voters. Moreover, we contend that candidates can serve as information short-cuts given the complexity of European Union politics. We use a four-wave Dutch panel survey and a media study that enable us to…

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Political relevance in the eye of the beholder: Determining the substantiveness of TV shows and political debates with Twitter data

Addressing the call to move beyond a simple genre classification of TV shows as either substantive (hard) news or non-substantive (soft) infotainment, we propose using social media reactions to determine a program’s political relevance. Such an approach provides information that goes beyond genre or content characteristics and reflects what really reaches an audience. Analyzing tweets about two Dutch talk…

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