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Public-elite gap on European integration: the missing link between discourses among citizens and elites in Serbia

Kortenska, E; Steunenberg, B; Sircar, I; (2020) Public-elite gap on European integration: the missing link between discourses among citizens and elites in Serbia. Journal of European Integration , 42 (6) pp. 873-888. 10.1080/07036337.2019.1688317. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between elite and citizen discourses on European integration. We argue that imperfections in cue-making and cue-taking lead to a gap between elite and citizen discourses, especially in societies experiencing major changes. To investigate this, we use newly collected data from Serbia shortly after the delayed start of accession negotiations in 2014. Using vignettes for different citizen discourses, we coded statements collected from major Serbian newspapers. The analysis shows that citizen discourses found in previous research are all represented in the media. We also find that approximately one fourth of media content does not fit any of the citizen discourses in Serbia. This gap confirms our hypothesis and demonstrates that elite ?communicative? discourses are not well linked to citizen discourses, leading to politically important imperfections.

Type: Article
Title: Public-elite gap on European integration: the missing link between discourses among citizens and elites in Serbia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2019.1688317
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2019.1688317
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10133420
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