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

Leston-Bandeira, Cristina

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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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Journal Parliamentary affairs
Print ISSN 0031-2290
Electronic ISSN 1460-2482
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 67
Issue 2
Pages 415-436
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gss050
Keywords Internet and parliament; European Parliament; Public engagement; Trust in parliament
Publisher URL http://pa.oxfordjournals.org/content/67/2/415
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