The featured picture from bloggingportal.eu stands here just substitutionally for the topic discussed in a recent working paper from the institut on Comparative Regional Integration Studies of the United Nations University in Bruges, Belgium.
Dr. Georgios Papanagnou just published his UNU-CRIS Working Paper (W-2013/6) “Digital Publics in Transnational Spaces: EU Blogs and the European Public Sphere“.
kielspratineurope.eu is one of the EU blogs which are included in this working paper, quoting me personally on different issues regarding the topic of Euroblogging. Other Euroblogs included in this research are
The excerpt from the UNU website give this outlook:
The paper presents the results of the empirical research conducted on the emerging EU-blogosphere and relates them to the Habermasian notion of the public sphere. Conceptually, it traces the development of the public sphere as a normative category and borrowing from Fraser (2007) establishes a series of criteria that seem to guarantee its effective operation as a democratic bridge between publics and authorities in a transnational context. In the process, it refers to the various empirical works in this area which aim to trace the public sphere in Europe (off/online). The empirical part analyzes the findings of the qualitative research conducted with EU-bloggers (expert interviews and content analysis). The results show that the EU-blogosphere to some extent exhibits characteristics of an effective (if inconsistent) transnational public sphere (extension of democratic debate, promoting an EU-common identity, achieving at times influence). Nonetheless, its deliberative quality is low and overall it remains too small and expert driven. Finally, in order to interpret the findings the paper makes use of Mouffe’s (2005) critical examination of the concept of the public sphere.
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