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Wednesday 12th May 2010 5pm-6pm GMT
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Europe and UK: coalition and representation
In what seems to be the end of a turbulent week in British politics there is a brief quiet as the new government settle into the seats of power. In the same week the turbulence experienced on the continent has rocked markets and the massive efforts by European governments, by all accounts, saved not just Europe, but a very instable world economy.
- Perhaps we noticed less of that as our media focused more closley on the mechanics of our politcs at home, the forming of a new coalition government and the announcement of a new politics. -
If this new politics of consensus, compromise and collaboration is the bedrock of the new British political landcscape, then how does it compare to the landscape of politcs in Europe and will Europe become more recognisable as a result?
However, Europe had focus in this last election and there was significant disagreement. But how much do we really understand about the continent and how easy will it be to recognise a familiar landscape when for so long it has been described by the media in indistinct terms.
With me to distinguish and clarify the issues are:
Theofanis Exadaktylos a PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Exeter. His expertise is on the impact of the European Union on the foreign policy of its member states, with particular emphasis on Greece and Germany. His broader research interests revolve around the general influence that Europe has on domestic policies and politics. He has been involved in various research projects and a number of major international conferences and has published on the extent and direction of the impact of Europe on the formation of public policy.
Maarja Luhiste is a PhD student in Politics in the University of Exeter and a Marie Curie Initial Training Network ELECDEM Early Stage Researcher. Her research focuses on candidate coverage in news media and how voters respond to that. Her study’s main emphasis is on whether and how more women running for office influence how women in general become engaged in politics.
Links to external information and websites: (some journals charge for online readership)
About open public consultation on EU policies: http://europa.eu/take-part/consultations/index_en.htm
A very basic introduction to what the EU does and how it works (it’s official, and of course biased to a certain extent, but it give a very good overview): http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/index_en.htm
EU Profiler has a political compass and you can compare your positions on basic EU policies with the political parties in the UK and elsewhere in Europe: http://www.euprofiler.eu
Peter, J., H.A. Semetko, C.H. de Vreese (2003), EU Politics on Televison, European Union Politics, 4(3): 305-327. http://eup.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/4/3/305
Gleissner, M. and C.H. de Vreese (2005), News about the EU Constitution, Journalism, 6(2): 221-242. http://jou.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/6/2/221
Schuck, A.R.T. and C.H. de Vreese (2006), Between Risk and Opportunity. News Framing and its Effects on Public Support for EU Enlargement, European Journal of Communication, 21 (1): 5-32. http://ejc.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/1/5
Peter, J. and C.H. de Vreese (2004), In Search of Europe: A Cross-National Comparative Study of the European Union in National Television News, The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 9(4): 3-24. http://hij.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/9/4/3
De Vreese, C.H., S.A. Banducci, H.A. Semetko, H.G. Boomgaarden (2006), The News Coverage of the 2004 European Parliamentary Election Campaign in 25 Countries, European Union Politics, 7 (4): 477-504. http://eup.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/7/4/477