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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell, 2021.
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Why do some issues receive more interest from the public while others do not? This paper develops a theoretical and empirical approach that explains the degree to which issues expand from the elite to the public. We examine how candidates in the 2014 European Parliament elections talked about EU issues, in comparison to other political issues. We rely on data collected from Twitter and use a combination of human coding and machine learning to analyse what facilitates interactions from the public. We find that most political actors did not try to engage with the public about EU issues, and lack of engagement results in less interactions from the general public. Our findings contribute to understanding why EU issues still play a secondary role in European politics, but at the same time highlight what low cost communicational tools might be useful to overcome this expansion deficit.
Author(s): Fazekas Z, Popa SA, Schmitt H, Barberá P, Theocharis Y
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: European Journal of Political Research
Print publication date: 01/05/2021
Online publication date: 19/05/2020
Acceptance date: 28/03/2020
Date deposited: 01/04/2020
ISSN (print): 0304-4130
ISSN (electronic): 1475-6765
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