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Do Media News Frames Reflect a Nation’s Political Culture?


Floss, Daniela; Marcinkowski, Frank (2008). Do Media News Frames Reflect a Nation’s Political Culture? National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century 25, University of Zurich.

Abstract

This paper deals with the question of macro-determinants of news frames and builds on the current discussion of institutional news media. The role of political culture is in the focus of the paper and it investigates the extent to which a distinct political culture is reflected in the framing of political news in consensus (Switzerland) and competitive (Germany) democracies. The empirical results support the assumption that news frames reflect a nation’s political values. Consequently, the paper proposes distinct additional measures that go beyond personalization and conflict orientation. The suggested consensus frame and collective orientation frame are shown to capture the framing of media presentations that relate to core aspects of consensus-oriented decision-making.

This paper deals with the question of macro-determinants of news frames and builds on the current discussion of institutional news media. The role of political culture is in the focus of the paper and it investigates the extent to which a distinct political culture is reflected in the framing of political news in consensus (Switzerland) and competitive (Germany) democracies. The empirical results support the assumption that news frames reflect a nation’s political values. Consequently, the paper proposes distinct additional measures that go beyond personalization and conflict orientation. The suggested consensus frame and collective orientation frame are shown to capture the framing of media presentations that relate to core aspects of consensus-oriented decision-making.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:09 Apr 2014 16:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:48
Series Name:National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-94932

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