Can Euroscepticism Contribute to a European Public Sphere? The Europeanization of Media Discourses about Euroscepticism across Six Countries

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This study compares the media discourses about Euroscepticism in 2014 across six countries (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark). We assess the extent to which the mass media’s reporting of Euroscepticism indicates the Europeanization of public spheres. Using a mixed-methods approach combining LDA topic modeling and qualitative coding, we find that approximately 70 per cent of print articles mentioning ‘Euroscepticism’ or ‘Eurosceptic’ are framed in a non-domestic (i.e. European) context. In five of the six cases studied, articles exhibiting a European context
are strikingly similar in content, with the British case as the exception. However, coverage of British Euroscepticism drives Europeanization in other Member States.
Bivariate logistic regressions further reveal three macro-level structural
variables that significantly correlate with a Europeanized media discourse: newspaper type (tabloid or broadsheet), presence of a strong Eurosceptic party, and relationship to the EU budget (net contributor or receiver
of EU funds).


External organisations
  • University of Copenhagen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Political Science
  • Media and Communications


  • European Union, Euroscepticism, newspapers, Topic Modeling, Comparative analysis
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Nov
Publication categoryResearch