Strategic communication of EU affairs: an analysis of legislative behaviour on Twitter

Umit, Resul (2017) Strategic communication of EU affairs: an analysis of legislative behaviour on Twitter. The Journal of Legislative Studies, 23 (1), pp. 93-124.

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An influential literature underlines how much parliamentary communication of European Union (EU) affairs could offer to democracy in the EU. Yet members of parliaments (MPs) seem unmoved by their potential. MPs are strategic about their communication, and this study questions the suitability of EU affairs to their re-election strategies. Analysing the messages posted on Twitter by regional and national MPs from Ireland and the United Kingdom over a fourmonth period, this article shows that clear electoral safety and strong political responsibility increase the communication of EU affairs. This suggests that the low electoral benefits and the high political complexity of EU affairs are significant deterrents to parliamentary communication of these affairs. As a result, the voices of Eurosceptic MPs echo disproportionately louder on Twitter. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Members of parliaments; communication; European Union; text analysis; Twitter
Research Units: Former Research Groups (until 2017) > European Integration
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 12:26
DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2017.1283166
ISSN: 1357-2334

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