Pansardi P.&  Battegazzorre F. (2018)The discursive legitimation strategies of the president of the commission: a qualitative content analysis of the State of the Union Addresses (SOTEU),Journal of European Integration,40:7,853-871,DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2018.1482286 ABSTRACT In this work, we investigate the way in which the two latest Presidents of the Commission have tackled the question of the legitimacy of the EU in the delivery of the State of the Union Addresses (SOTEU). Our analysis, based on a qualitative content analysis of the SOTEU speeches, identifies a marked difference in the discursive legitimation strategies employed by the two Presidents and in the conception of the legitimacy of the EU that they promote. In Barroso’s speeches, the legitimazing principle recalls the classical functionalist interpretation of the ‘rationality’ of the EU decisions mainly in terms of economic outputs, whilst the underlying conception of legitimacy that shapes Juncker’s speeches recalls an input-based understanding of legitimacy as democracy and popular sovereignty. By way of conclusion, we argue that the introduction of the Spitzencandidaten  system has been instrumental in providing the two Presidents with a different discursive opportunity structure. This article is available to read at the following link: 07036337.2018.1482286
M. Vellano e A. Viterbo, “Verso un rafforzamento del ruolo internazionale dell’Euro”, in La Comunità internazionale, 2019, pp. 1-27, (ISSN 0010-5066).
Viterbo A., The European Union in the Transnational Financial Regulatory Arena: The Case of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Journal of International Economic Law, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 205–228,  ABSTRACT Starting from the observation of an increased politicisation of the financial regulatory debate, the article analyses how this might impact the relationship between the European Union (EU) and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The article first describes transnational financial networks after the global crisis and the shift from trust in technocratic autonomy to distrust and politicisation. It then turns to examine the legal bases for the participation of EU institutions in the Basel standard-setting process, discussing the challenges posed under EU law. The last part of the research focusses on the European Parliament’s attempts to become an active player in the transnational financial regulatory arena and on the role it might play to enhance the democratic legitimacy of the Basel process. This article can be found at the following link:
F. Arcostanzo, A. Pulvirenti. When News Go Online : A Cross-Media Analysis Of Editorial Logics And Consumers’ Feedbacks In The Printed, Online and Facebook Version of the Italian Newspaper La Repubblica. In: ROMANIAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS. - ISSN 2344-5440. - 17:3(2015), pp. 83-105. ABSTRACT As a consequence of the advent and diffusion of new media, one of the most accredited hypotheses in the realm of mediatization theory has been that the essential prerequisites of mediatization would have slowly started to disappear. On the contrary, we hypothesize that the unprecedented knowledge about users’ preferences given to media companies would be reflected in the logics of news production, which would shift from being guided by internal logics and standards of newsworthiness to be driven by an audience-oriented commercial logic. Therefore, we expect storytelling techniques to prevail in online news production, with soft news becoming progressively prevalent moving from traditional to new media. We address our hypothesis performing a cross-media analysis of the Italian newspaper la Repubblica, investigating both the different editorial logics underlying the selection and framing of contents as well as the relationship between the general news frame and the level of readers’ engagement. In our findings, soft news prevails regardless of the platform, also following a positive trend as we move towards Facebook. Moreover, soft news seems to be able to foster a higher level of users’ engagement as expressed in terms of likes and shares, while hard news prevails in commenting activities. This article can be read at the following link:
Arcostanzo F., Retfalvi F., When Institutions Go Online. Case Study on the European Parliament's Facebook Fan Page, in "Comunicazione politica, Quadrimestrale dell'Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica" 3/2015, pp. 365-388, doi: 10.3270/81692 ABSTRACT The challenge of a limited media coverage of European politics is considered as one of the main constrains to the developement of a European public sphere. On the one hand European institutions do not have their own media and even their communication channels reach out merely to a European elite, while European newsproduction still gains marginal attention in member states' traditional media. As a result of this complex mediatic scene, the absence of direct information and reach out on European themes has contributed to an increasing general mistrust towards the European Union. In this regard, the diffusion of social media and their use by the European institutions have contributed to the appearance and prevalence of a new space where direct interaction among citizens and institutions can emerge. This facilitates the flow of information and stimulates a transnational dialogue. The potentiality of the new forms of institutional communication are explored by this study focusing on the objectives, role and functioning of the European Parliament's Facebook fan page by both investigating the opinion of its promoters and analysing the main features of the fan page (i.e. contents published, general performance and characteristics of users). This article can be read at the following link:
Visconti F., To perceive and to believe. Misperceptions about immigration and attitudes toward the EU, in progress
Pellegata A, Visconti F, Elites' attitudes on European Integration and Solidarity, in progress
Pellegata, A, Visconti F., Who gets represented? Patterns of MP voters congruence on European solidarity in the core and periphery, (under review in a special issue of West european Politics)
F. Visconti, Pellegata, A. “  A tale of two rationales: vulnerability, transnationalism, and public attitudes towards the EU in the 2018 Italian elections ”, (under review and in progress for South European Society & Politics)
Visconti, F. Changing patterns of trans-national solidarity over time 1992-2016, Submitted to Journal of Common Market Studies

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