The pursuit of legitimacy as a key driver for public engagement : the European Parliament case

Leston-Bandeira, Cristina

School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies
Internet and parliament; European Parliament; Public engagement ; Trust in parliament; REF 2014 submission
2014

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©2016 University of Hull
Abstract

Political disengagement and declining trust have become main areas of concern for parliaments in Europe, leading to a considerable reinforcement of public engagement activities. The European Parliament is a prime example of an institution where the need to strengthen the link with citizens became a key priority, in particular following the Lisbon Treaty's reinforcement of the parliament's powers and visibility. This article analyses the decision-making processes this Parliament has put in place to meet the public engagement agenda. It is mainly based on elite interviews with officials and representatives. We show that political will was key to move forward the public engagement agenda, and that new media has become a core element of this strategy.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
287 KB
Identifier
hull:9613

Journal

Journal title
Parliamentary affairs
Publication date
2014
Publisher
Oxford University Press
DOI
10.1093/pa/gss050
ISSN (Print)
0031-2290
ISSN (Electronic)
1460-2482
Volume
67
Issue
2
Start page
415
End page
436
Notes

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Parliamentary affairs following peer review. The version of record : Leston Bandeira, C. (2014) The pursuit of legitimacy as a key driver for public engagement : the European Parliament case, 67 (2) pp.415-436 is available online at: http://pa.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/2/415

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