The European Union and Attribution of Responsibility in Mass Media

Project coordinator

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards

Project researchers

Dr. Jochen Roose
Dr. des. Anke Offerhaus

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Research question

The project analyses, to what extent and under which circumstances responsibility for political action is publicly attributed to the European Union. As public sphere is dominated by national media and national actors we expect that the EU is the perfect scapegoat. EU representatives are by and large ignored by national media, thus they are unable to respond to national attribution processes by presenting their own perspective. Based on quantitative content analysis of four quality newspapers these hypotheses are examined over time (1994 to 2003) and in comparison of United Kingdom press and German press.

Duration

01.04.2004 – 31.03.2006

Funding

The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)

Publications

  • Gerhards, Jürgen, Jochen Roose & Anke Offerhaus (2013): Die Rekonfiguration von politischer Verantwortungszuschreibung im Rahmen staatlichen Wandels [Reconfiguration of Political Attribution of Responsibility Within Governmental Change]. In: Michael Zürn & Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt (eds.): Gesellschaftliche Politisierung und internationale Institutionen. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 109-133.
  • Gerhards, Jürgen, Anke Offerhaus & Jochen Roose (2009): Wer ist verantwortlich? Die Europäische Union, ihre Nationalstaaten und die massenmediale Attribution von Verantwortung für Erfolge und Misserfolge [Who is Responsible? The European Union, its National States and the Attribution of Responsibility for Success and Failure in the Mass Media]. In: Barbara Pfetsch & Frank Marcinkowski (eds.): Special Issue of Politischen Vierteljahresschrift „Politik in der Mediendemokratie“, S. 529-558
  • Gerhards, Jürgen, Anke Offerhaus & Jochen Roose (2007): Die öffentliche Zuschreibung von Verantwortung. Zur Entwicklung eines inhaltsanalytischen Instrumentariums [The Public Attribution of Responsibility. Developing an Instrument for Content Analysis]. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 59: 105-125.
  • Gerhards, Jürgen, Anke Offerhaus & Jochen Roose (2006): Die europäische Union und die massenmediale Attribution von Verantwortung. Projektskizze einer länder-, zeit- und medienvergleichenden Untersuchung [The European Union and the Attribution of Responsibility in Mass Media]. In: Florian Busch-Janser (ed.): Düsseldorfer Forum Politische Kommunikation. Akteure, Prozesse, Strukturen, edited by  Berlin/München: poli-c-books, S. 193-212.

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