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Remote, elitist, or non-existent: British political actors discuss the European public sphere

Garcia-Blanco, Inaki and Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin 2013. Remote, elitist, or non-existent: British political actors discuss the European public sphere. Javnost/The Public 20 (3) , pp. 23-38.

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Abstract

This paper looks at how British political elites discuss the European public sphere and citizens’ participation within it. Drawing on 41 in-depth interviews with political elites – including politicians at national and European levels, journalists, political activists, and think-tank professionals – the paper explores interviewees’ understandings of the European public sphere, and their perceptions about its vitality. Our research reveals a great deal of scepticism about the idea of a European public sphere, in part rooted in conventional British Euro-sceptic approaches, and in part fostered by a perception of the remoteness and democratic defi cit of the European Union.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: European Institute for Communication and Culture
ISSN: 1318-3222
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:24
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/38254

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