9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN32 Political Sociology

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Nationalism, Populism and Eurosceptic Opposition Building I, 2E10

Euroscepticism in the Digital Public Sphere

Euroscepticism in the Digital Public Sphere

This paper relies on a comparative survey of media and public debates in which critical issues related to European integration are raised during European Parliamentary elections in spring 2009. Going beyond attitudinal and actor related studies of political parties, it proposes that research on Euro-scepticism can be advanced in two directions: First, it is proposed that Euro-scepticism should be understood foremost as a quality of a discursive formation on European integration and/or the European Union and its component policies, politics and institutions. This implies the need to reconstruct its narrative contents and to understand variances in the "scripts" of Euro-scepticism (ideological, national, etc.). Second, we propose to shed light on the competitive field, in which Euro-scepticism is "performed". This implies the need to relate the "players" of Euro-scepticism (the proponents of Euro-sceptic discourse and their opponents) to the potential audiences that pay attention and that applaud or boo the Euro-sceptic performance.