MAPLE’s foremost objective is to detect how the politicisation of European issues that followed the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis shaped the domestic political discourse on three distinct, yet intertwined, levels: the media, the elites, and the electorate.

In its first year of activity, MAPLE engaged in the creation of an extensive database featuring newspapers articles and parliamentary debates from six countries in the last 17 years. The analysis of this substantive amount of data will help to design a large web-based, two-panel survey involving 6,000 EU citizens in the next two years.

Currently, the Media database counts more than 90,000 articles from 18 press outlets, and is headed to hit 150,000 in the next few months. The database offers an intensive and far-reaching overview of the media coverage of national electoral campaigns up to the latest German Federal elections.

Featuring contributions from renowned scholars of European politics, political behaviour, and media studies, the first MAPLE conference will present some substantive, albeit preliminary, highlights from our research. Moreover, it will provide an opportunity to discuss future pathways of research, approaches, and developments in the study of Europeanisation.


Session 1


Marina Costa Lobo (ICS-ULisboa)
The Politicisation of Europe: A citizens’ perspective

Chair・ José Ramón Montero (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) | Discussant・ Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa)

Susana Rogeiro Nina (ICS-ULisboa)
Media and parliamentary debates: Collecting data across Europe

Chair & Discussant・José Santana Pereira (ISCTE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)

Yani Kartalis (ICS-ULisboa)
The MAPLE media dataset: Preliminary findings

Chair & Discussant・ Katjana Gattermann, (AScOR, Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Session 2


Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa), Ruth Dassonneville (University of Montreal)
Growth, inequality, crisis: A changing economic vote?

Chair & Discussant・Marina Costa Lobo (ICS-ULisboa)

Katjana Gattermann (AScOR, Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Making votes visible: The mediated personalization of European Parliament election campaigns, 1994-2014

Chair & Discussant・Pedro Magalhães (ICS-ULisboa)

Session 3


Roberto Pannico (ICS-ULisboa)
Panel surveys, online experiments

Chair & Discussant・Martin Rosema (Universiteit Twente)

Jan Karremans (ICS-ULisboa)
Democracies with no alternatives? A comparison of parliamentary debates over budgetary policies in Germany and Spain

Chair & Discussant・Virginie Van Ingelgom (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Virginie Van Ingelgom (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Assessing the depoliticization of European citizens in a more politicized Union

Chair & Discussant・ Catherine Moury (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)


Marina Costa Lobo

Marina Costa Lobo is Principal Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and a member of the Board of IPP – Instituto Políticas Públicas.

She is also the coordinator of the Portuguese Voting Behaviour component of PASSDA – Portuguese Archive of Social Science Data.

In 2016 she was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant for MAPLE – Measuring and Analysing the Politicisation of Europe before and after the Eurozone crisis.

Her research covers the role of leaders in electoral behaviour, political parties and institutions.

Michael Lewis-Beck

Michael S. Lewis-Beck is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa.

He has authored or co-authored over 280 articles and books covering, among others, comparative elections, election forecasting, political economy, and quantitative methodology.

Virginie Van Ingelgom

Virginie Van Ingelgom is Research Associate at the Univeristé Catholique de Louvain and an associate research fellow of the Centre for European Studies, Sciences Po Paris. She was recently awarded an ERC Starting grant for her project “QUALIDEM – Eroding Democracies. A qualitative (re-)appraisal of how policies shape democratic linkages in Western democracies“.

Katjana Gattermann

Katjana Gattermann is Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on the legitimacy and accountability of politics within and across the EU. She is project leader for ‘Facing Europe: The personalization of European Union politics in news coverage and its consequences for democracy’, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Jan Karremans

Jan Karremans is post-doctoral research fellow at the ICS-ULisboa. His recent research includes the comparative content analysis of party discourse, focusing in particular on how party/governments justify their policies to their voters.

Roberto Pannico

Roberto Pannico is post-doctoral research fellow at the ICS-ULisboa. His research interests include Euroscepticism, party cues, information processing, experiments and research methods.

Susana Rogeiro Nina

Susana Rogeiro Nina is a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at ICS-ULisboa within the MAPLE project. ​Her research interests include political behaviour, media effects, public opinion and applications of experimental methods in political science.

Yani Kartalis

Yani Kartalis is PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at ICS-ULisboa. His research interests lie in the fields of political parties, political sociology and psychology, and automated data collection approaches for the social sciences.