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Political Communication in a high-choice media environment: A challenge for democracy?
University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Göteborgs Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5964-102X
NTNU, Norway.
University of Zurich, Switzerland.
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2017 (English)In: Annals of the International Communication Association, ISSN 2380-8985, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last decennia media environments and political communication systems have changed fundamentally. These changes have major ramifications for the political information environments and the extent to which they aid people in becoming informed citizens. Against this background, the purpose of this article is to review research on key changes and trends in political information environments and assess their democratic implications. We will focus on advanced postindustrial democracies and six concerns that are all closely linked to the dissemination and acquisition of political knowledge: (1) declining supply of political information, (2) declining quality of news, (3) increasing media concentration and declining diversity of news, (4) increasing fragmentation and polarization, (5) increasing relativism and (6) increasing inequality in political knowledge.

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2017. Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-27
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Political information environments; political knowledge; political news; news diversity; quality of news; polarization; relativism
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32014DOI: 10.1080/23808985.2017.1288551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32014DiVA: diva2:1154751
Available from: 2017-11-03 Created: 2017-11-03 Last updated: 2017-11-10Bibliographically approved

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