Publication
Title
Balanced or biased? Interest groups and legislative lobbying in the European news media
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Abstract
This article examines the coverage of legislative lobbying in European news media. The starting point thereby is that lobbying in the crowded European Union (EU)-level interest community is not only a struggle for direct access to policymakers, but that in order to realize policy goals many interest groups rely on political attention generated by the media. Our main research question is how media attention is skewed toward particular interests and which factors explain these varying levels of prominence. Our empirical analysis is based on a set of 125 legislative proposals adopted by the European Commission between 2008 and 2010. For all these cases we identified 379 interest organizations that made public statements, we coded the amount of media attention these organized interests gained, the type of statements they made as well as some key organizational features. While the aggregate levels of attention look pretty balanced, our evidence shows that media prominence is skewed toward particular types of interests; in particular that organized interests which oppose a proposed policy gain significantly higher levels of media attention.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Political communication. - London, 1992, currens
Publication
London : 2015
ISSN
1058-4609 [print]
1091-7675 [online]
Volume/pages
32:3(2015), p. 453-474
ISI
000357735400007
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UAntwerpen
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Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 10.08.2017
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