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EU communication to the public: Exacerbating mistrust instead of bringing Europeans together Éric Dacheux

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Mistrust of the European Union is increasing—but why? EU officials claim it is because insufficient information is creating a gulf between EU institutions and citizens. However, we argue in this paper that citizens mistrust the EU because it has sacrificed the will of the people on the altar of governance. If this is the case, there is little point in trying to convince citizens that a union built up without them is democratic. On the other hand, if we look at the lessons from the debate on the 2005 EU referendum, and if we therefore accept that democracy is an integrative battle that demands citizens’ participation, then we can put forward a different communication policy for the EU. We refer to this new approach as institutional communication, where the aim is to produce conflict, which we consider to be a “deliberative” approach, in contrast to the “marketing” approach where the aim is to produce consent.
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Eric Dacheux. EU communication to the public: Exacerbating mistrust instead of bringing Europeans together Éric Dacheux. Hermes - Journal of Language and Communication Studies, 2018. ⟨sic_01849276⟩
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