National but European? Visual manifestations of Europe in national parties’ Euromanifestos since 1979

Popa, Sebastian Adrian and Dumitrescu, Delia (2017) National but European? Visual manifestations of Europe in national parties’ Euromanifestos since 1979. Party Politics, 23 (5). pp. 526-537. ISSN 1354-0688

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Abstract

The architects of the European project made a significant effort to create a set of symbols for the community (such as the EU flag, the map of Europe, the anthem, etc.), and recent evidence suggests that the main European values are nowadays spontaneously associated with them. We know little, however, about if and when national political actors choose to display these symbolic visual manifestations of Europe. In this study, we examine the presence of such symbols in parties’ Euromanifestos since the first European elections. The presence of EU community symbols is correlated with several factors, suggesting that the display is consistent both with a policy-driven and with a vote-seeking logic. We explore at length the implications of these results for future visual analysis of parties’ European messages and for the larger issue of European identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: european identity,european symbols,political parties,public opinion
Faculty \ School: ?? UEA ??
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2018 12:30
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 15:47
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66195
DOI: 10.1177/1354068815610963

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