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Political communication in comparative perspective: Key concepts and new insights


Pfetsch, Barbara; Esser, Frank (2014). Political communication in comparative perspective: Key concepts and new insights. In: Reinemann, Carsten. Political Communication. Berlin: De Gruyter, 87-106.

Abstract

In this chapter the state of the art in comparative political communication research is reviewed. First, the chapter reflects upon the development of comparative research that today aspires to knowledge about social prerequisites and political consequences of communication that go beyond a single country, region or field of communication. Second, the authors discuss key approaches to theorize and measure political communication beyond the nation state and national publics.They propose more meaningful frameworks for comparative research than the seemingly outdated country category (e.g., media systems, political communication cultures, political information environments). Finally, the substantial progress made by applying new concepts, complex designs and sophisticated measures is discussed. Applications and examples include election campaigning, the interaction between media actors and political actors, and the impact of the Internet on democracy. The chapter closes with a summary of core advances and promising areas of future scholarship.

Abstract

In this chapter the state of the art in comparative political communication research is reviewed. First, the chapter reflects upon the development of comparative research that today aspires to knowledge about social prerequisites and political consequences of communication that go beyond a single country, region or field of communication. Second, the authors discuss key approaches to theorize and measure political communication beyond the nation state and national publics.They propose more meaningful frameworks for comparative research than the seemingly outdated country category (e.g., media systems, political communication cultures, political information environments). Finally, the substantial progress made by applying new concepts, complex designs and sophisticated measures is discussed. Applications and examples include election campaigning, the interaction between media actors and political actors, and the impact of the Internet on democracy. The chapter closes with a summary of core advances and promising areas of future scholarship.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:comparative research, media systems, political communication cultures, political information environments, political communication process
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:29 Apr 2020 14:38
Last Modified:29 Apr 2020 14:38
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISBN:978-3-11-023816-7
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110238174.87
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/1h21i27/ebi01_prod010164485 (Library Catalogue)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/1h21i27/eth_sfx2660000000032568 (Library Catalogue)

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