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Members of Parliament, Equal Competitors for Media Attention?: An Analysis of Personal Contacts Between MPs and Political Journalists in Five Countries.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (DEMICOM)
Universiteit Leiden.
University of Southern Denmark.
2010 (English)In: Political Communication, ISSN 1058-4609, E-ISSN 1091-7675, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 310-325Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Power relations between politicians and journalists are often depicted as an ongoing tango with one actor leading the other. This study analyzes interactions between politicians and journalists not by posing the question of who leads whom, but rather by investigating which politicians are invited to dance in the first place, and which are better positioned to take the lead. Building upon theories and past research into press-government relations, comparative politics, and an economic perspective on journalist-source relations, three groups of hypotheses on a personal, party, and political system level are derived and tested using a unique survey with members of parliament (MPs) in five democratic corporatist countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark). The results display a similar pattern in all five countries where parliamentary experience and institutional position increase the frequency of contacts that MPs have with journalists. While these party variables have a more modest influence on the frequency of contacts, it is also shown that there are clear differences between countries attributed to parliament size in general and higher inter-MP competition in particular.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 310-325
Keywords [en]
press-politics relations; media power; members of parliament
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-9944DOI: 10.1080/10584609.2010.496711ISI: 000280677500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77955357223Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-9944DiVA, id: diva2:240893
Note

Correction in Vol 27(4) p 484-484 DOI 10.1080/10584609.2010.520635

Available from: 2009-09-30 Created: 2009-09-30 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Media Matter: The Political Influences of the News Media
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Media Matter: The Political Influences of the News Media
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet, 2010. p. 37
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 84
National Category
Media and Communications
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urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11511 (URN)DEMICOM (Local ID)978-91-86073-73-2 (ISBN)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
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2010-05-28, Sundsvall, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-05-17 Created: 2010-05-14 Last updated: 2010-05-17Bibliographically approved

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