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Media systems and political systems: Dimensions of comparison


Engesser, S; Franzetti, A (2011). Media systems and political systems: Dimensions of comparison. International Communication Gazette, 73(4):273-301.

Abstract

In social sciences, the interdependence between media systems and political systems is generally not in doubt. However, empirical knowledge about the relation between
the two types of systems is rare. A deeper understanding can be gained by an international comparison of media and political systems from a macro perspective using aggregated data. The pilot study presented in this article offers an approach to international comparison based on four dimensions: freedom, diversity, centrality and tradition. These concepts serve as dimensions of comparison for both media- and political systems. The instrument is tested by using an intentionally heterogeneous sample of seven countries from around the world: China, Germany, Japan, Mexico,the Netherlands, Russia and the US. In combination with a pragmatic use of systems theory as a theoretical framework, the dimensions allow more profound insights into
the relation between media- and political systems. In sum, the research project prepares the ground for future international large-N comparisons.

Abstract

In social sciences, the interdependence between media systems and political systems is generally not in doubt. However, empirical knowledge about the relation between
the two types of systems is rare. A deeper understanding can be gained by an international comparison of media and political systems from a macro perspective using aggregated data. The pilot study presented in this article offers an approach to international comparison based on four dimensions: freedom, diversity, centrality and tradition. These concepts serve as dimensions of comparison for both media- and political systems. The instrument is tested by using an intentionally heterogeneous sample of seven countries from around the world: China, Germany, Japan, Mexico,the Netherlands, Russia and the US. In combination with a pragmatic use of systems theory as a theoretical framework, the dimensions allow more profound insights into
the relation between media- and political systems. In sum, the research project prepares the ground for future international large-N comparisons.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:10 Jan 2012 11:43
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 10:36
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1748-0485
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048511398590

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