Uploading as political strategy: The European Parliament and the Hungarian media law debate

TitleUploading as political strategy: The European Parliament and the Hungarian media law debate
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsBatory, A.
Journal titleEast European Politics
Year2014
Pages230-45
Volume30
Issue2
Abstract

Using the 2010 Hungarian media law as case study, this article traces the process in which an issue in the domestic politics of a (‘new’) EU member state is transformed into a transnational political conflict. How and why do political actors upload issues to the EU level, specifically, into the European parliamentary arena? How do others, with conflicting interests, resist such a change? The analytical framework is based on venue shopping, a concept hitherto mainly utilised in the context of interest group behaviour. Contestation around the Hungarian media law illustrates that a number of conditions, to do with the existing links of the uploading political actor with the new venue and the nature of the issue itself, are necessary to make uploading a viable strategy.

DOI10.1080/21599165.2013.838560
Publisher linkhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21599165.2013.838560#.VD5eJtifhzY