The influence of the Spanish media on public opinion towards European integration Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • McWilliams, Leah
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • National media systems have the ability to strongly influence public opinion on issues that are "unobtrusive" or outside the audience's realm of direct experience. Coverage of supranational entities like European Union (EU) is imparted through the lens of individual member states which makes it a widely unobtrusive matter. Spain is an EU member state where the national media maintain a pro-European stance throughout its history with the European Community. This realization goes hand in hand with a public that has repeatedly indicated high levels of support and satisfaction for European integration. Although the variety reasons for supporting European integration do not originate from one explanatory factor, national media coverage offers one reason with which public opinion can be analyzed and assessed. Analyzing the details of Spain's particular national media coverage of European affairs provides insightful information about the character of the Spanish public's Pro-european attitudes.
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  • Hooghe, Liesbet
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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