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Assessing the quality of media debates on unemployment in six European countries


Kühne, R; Schemer, C; Wettstein, M; Reichel, K; Wirth, W (2013). Assessing the quality of media debates on unemployment in six European countries. In: Journalism Division der International Communication Association (ICA), London / UK, 17 June 2013 - 21 June 2013.

Abstract

The study investigates the quality of media debates on unemployment in six European countries – Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Denmark. Because there exist different normative conceptions of the democratic process (e.g., liberal and deliberative theories), the quality of media debates can be measured according to different normative standards. We argue that the characteristics of a country’s media system influences to which normative standards the country’s media debates conform. Hypotheses about the performance of each media system with regard to a set of normative standards were derived from the typology of media systems by Hallin and Mancini (2004). We find that there exist considerable differences in the quality of the debate on unemployment between the media systems. However, we only partly succeed in predicting debate quality on the basis of this typology. Implications of the results are discussed.

Abstract

The study investigates the quality of media debates on unemployment in six European countries – Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Denmark. Because there exist different normative conceptions of the democratic process (e.g., liberal and deliberative theories), the quality of media debates can be measured according to different normative standards. We argue that the characteristics of a country’s media system influences to which normative standards the country’s media debates conform. Hypotheses about the performance of each media system with regard to a set of normative standards were derived from the typology of media systems by Hallin and Mancini (2004). We find that there exist considerable differences in the quality of the debate on unemployment between the media systems. However, we only partly succeed in predicting debate quality on the basis of this typology. Implications of the results are discussed.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Event End Date:21 June 2013
Deposited On:10 Feb 2014 09:24
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 02:46
Publisher:International Communication Association

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