Campaign Dynamics and Citizen Perspectives

The European Parliament Elections 2024

The campaigns for the European Parliament elections are currently gaining momentum across Europe as 400 million voters will be heading to the polls between 6 and 9 June 2024. During this event, Wouter van der Brug, Katjana Gattermann, Elske van den Hoogen, and Theresa Kuhn will talk about major developments in the campaigns and analyse citizen perspectives towards Europe and the elections.

European elections were long considered second-order elections as political parties, the media and voters tended to care less about them compared to national elections. However, there are some indications that things are changing, with EU elections becoming more important. Therefore we take a close look at the campaigns and at what citizens consider important. For example, are certain policies, such as climate change or immigration policies, becoming more important for European citizens? Are campaigns becoming more personalized and do citizens take note of individual candidates? How attached do European citizens feel to the EU? And, how worried are citizens about misinformation during the election campaigns? These and many more questions will be discussed together with the experts this evening.

About the speakers

Wouter van der Brug is Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the cross-national comparative study of political behavior, in particular electoral behavior, right-wing populism, and political parties.

Theresa Kuhn is Full Professor at the Capacity group European Studies, University of Amsterdam. Using survey research and experimental methods, Theresa Kuhn studies how citizens react to globalization and European integration in their political attitudes and collective identities.

Elske van den Hoogen is a postdoc and lecturer in Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). Her research interests include citizens’ understandings of the EU, information and knowledge effects, and mixed-method research.

Katjana Gattermann is Associate Professor in Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). Her work focusses on media-politics relations and election campaigns in the European Union as well as their consequences for attitudes and electoral behaviour of European citizens.

Hanco Jürgens (moderator) is a member of the academic staff at the Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam. He specializes in German and modern European history. He published on a variety of topics, such as the history of Dutch German relations, German EU-policy, the Third Way, and German missionaries in India in the Eighteenth Century. Currently, he focuses on the history of Germany since the fall of the Wall.

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