The Role of News Media in European Integration : A Framework of Analysis for Political Science
- Robin B. Hodess
The pbenomenon of European integration has received a great deal ofattention from political scientists in the wake of the mid-1980s 'relaunch' ofthe European Union (EU). However, political science's theoretical consideration of West European integration has from the outset failed to include news media as a factor in EU politics. This oversight is linked to the general dismissal of the public and public debate as irrelevant to the integration project. Yet because media have several critical functions in politics - as an information-source, agendasetter, and legitimator - political science treatment of the EU now needs to account for the role of news media. Turning to concepts in normative media theory, the article proposes a framework within which to consider media and suggests empirical analysis of media coverage of the European Union. Such analysis would complement political science study of the democratisation and legitimation of the EU, while acknowledging public discourse as an element crucial to the future course of European integration.
How to Cite:
Hodess, R., (1997) “The Role of News Media in European Integration : A Framework of Analysis for Political Science”, Res Publica 39(2), p.215-227. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/rp.v39i2.18588