IJoC Publishes Special Section on Participation and Media: Comparative Analysis of Anti-Austerity in the Eurozone Crisis

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section onParticipation and Media:
Comparative Analysis of Anti-Austerity in the Eurozone Crisis”


This Special Section on “Participation and Media: Comparative Analysis of Anti-Austerity in the Eurozone Crisis” reflects on the way citizens channelled demands to political authorities during a critical period for the European Union. Political decisions and economic strategies set in place by European and national authorities were challenged in the streets and on the Internet by expressions of social dissent, turning social media into an arena for online collective action.

This Special Section includes six original papers (plus an editorial introduction) drawing on current research about the social and political implications of citizen participation in social protests.  Based on empirical research emerging from Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, the findings offer a broad overview of impacts and reactions in the weaker Eurozone economies. A mixture of criticism aimed at the European Union’s neoliberal turn and demands for deeper political openness to citizens’ participation appeared in varying proportions across time and territories during these turbulent times.

This Special Section analyzes citizen participation in social change and contemporary media politics of dissent in the context of anti-austerity protests in the Eurozone crisis since 2008.  It focuses on the primary question:

Which are the main values, strategies and mechanisms adopted by mainstream news and activist social media in constructing anti-austerity protests and European conflicts in the Eurozone crisis?

All these studies have important implications for understanding how people use and produce mediated practices when confronting political power and authorities. These papers investigate a wide range of topics related to media participation and usage in times of political unrest. In these uncertain times, dominated by the COVID-19 menace, learning from good and bad decisions taken during the global financial crisis of 2008 can guide wiser choices in the near future.

We invite you to read these articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on June 6, 2020. Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking to the papers of interest.

Participation and Media: Comparative Analysis of Anti-austerity in the Eurozone Crisis — Introduction
Miguel Vicente-Mariño, Tao Papaioannou, Peter Dahlgren

Contentious Responses to the Crises in Spain: Emphasis Frames and Public Support for Protest on Twitter and the Press
Camilo Cristancho, Eva Anduiza, Mariluz Congosto, Silvia Majó-Vázquez

Dominant and Emerging News Frames in Protest Coverage: The 2013 Cypriot Anti-Austerity Protests in National Media
Tao Papaioannou

Citizens Beyond Troika: Media and Anti-Austerity Protests in Portugal
Ines Amaral

Hybrid Media and Movements: The Irish Water Movement, Press Coverage and Social Media
Henry Silke, Eugenia Siapera, Maria Rieder

Media and Twitter Agendas for Social Mobilizations: The Case of the Protests in Defense of the Public Healthcare System in Spain
Pere Masip, Carlos Ruiz-Caballero, Jaume Suau, David Puertas

News Media Framing of the Anti-Austerity and Pro-“Europe” Movements During the Greek Referendum Protest Cycles
Fani Kountouri, Andreas Kollias


Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Guest Editors
Miguel Vicente-Mariño, Tao Papaioannou, Peter Dahlgren