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Why Europe?

Narratives and Counter-narratives of European Integration

Edited By Alina Bârgăoanu, Raluca Buturoiu and Loredana Radu

This publication tackles strategies for bridging the widening gap between the EU and its citizens. It focuses on new theoretical and empirical frameworks about EU media frames and narratives, political discourse and citizens’ perceptions in order to promote a critical, yet constructive approach to the role of communication in the process of European integration. It has been acknowledged that the least problem the EU has is a communication problem. Communication is largely ineffective against a rising sentiment of injustice and inequality among increasingly diverse national, social and political groupings across the EU. Therefore, the authors underline how EU communication and EU public sphere can shape common representations of what can unite us as Europeans.

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‘Does the Economy Really Matter?’ People’s Evaluations of the Economy and the Success of Populist Parties in Europe (Elena Negrea-Busuioc / Nicoleta Corbu)

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Elena Negrea-Busuioc and Nicoleta Corbu

‘Does the Economy Really Matter?’ People’s Evaluations of the Economy and the Success of Populist Parties in Europe

Abstract: We examine if Europeans’ perceptions of the evolution of national and European economies correlate with the electoral success of populist parties. We show that there is a correlation between people’s evaluation of the economy and the success of populist parties across Europe, especially when trends across years are considered. However, the evaluation of economy alone is not a good predictor for the success of populism, as other factors play important roles.

Keywords: Populism, electoral success of populist parties, assessment of national economy, Central and Eastern Europe

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