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Political communication in and about crises. Potentials of a fragmented field


Udris, Linards (2019). Political communication in and about crises. Potentials of a fragmented field. Studies in Communication Sciences, 19(1):131-152.

Abstract

While there is growing interest in political crises in political communication research, crisis has not yet become a meaningful concept. Also, research tends to be reactive, which is suggested by an analysis of when and how the “crisis” label occurred in Swiss media from 2000 to 2018 and how recent scholarship examines political crises. This commentary gives an overview of different research areas within this fragmented “crisis” field and discusses a nuanced concept of crises that is more sensitive to the causes and dynamics of communicatively constructed crises on the macro level. It argues that a more systematic,
more comparative and more macro-oriented research on political crises will help reduce the reactive nature of the field and enhance its public relevance.

Abstract

While there is growing interest in political crises in political communication research, crisis has not yet become a meaningful concept. Also, research tends to be reactive, which is suggested by an analysis of when and how the “crisis” label occurred in Swiss media from 2000 to 2018 and how recent scholarship examines political crises. This commentary gives an overview of different research areas within this fragmented “crisis” field and discusses a nuanced concept of crises that is more sensitive to the causes and dynamics of communicatively constructed crises on the macro level. It argues that a more systematic,
more comparative and more macro-oriented research on political crises will help reduce the reactive nature of the field and enhance its public relevance.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute for Research on the Public Sphere and Society
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Uncontrolled Keywords:political crisis, political communication, crisis theory, crisis communication, public sphere, social change
Language:English
Date:3 December 2019
Deposited On:18 Dec 2019 13:48
Last Modified:27 Nov 2020 07:32
Publisher:Seismo Verlag
ISSN:1424-4896
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.24434/j.scoms.2019.01.009

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