Introduction: How Different Were the European Elections of 2014?

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Introduction: How Different Were the European Elections of 2014?


  • Wouter van der Brug Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Katjana Gattermann Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Claes H. de Vreese Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Abstract  This issue brings together papers that focus on the question of whether and in which ways the 2014 European Parliament elections were different from previous ones. This is important from the point of view of emerging scholarship on changes in the EU and from the point of view of the self-proclaimed ‘This time it’s different!’ slogan from the Parliament. The papers centre around three themes: 1) the role of the Spitzenkandidaten, 2) media and voters, and 3) electoral behaviour.


Keywords  campaigns; elections; European Parliament; media coverage; media effects; parties; Spitzenkandidaten; voting behaviour


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Publication Date  29 February 2016


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/pag.v4i1.591


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