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Media Malaise or a Virtuous Circle?: Exploring the Causal Relationships Between News Media Exposure, Political News Attention and Political Interest
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (DEMICOM - Demokratiinstitutet)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (DEMICOM)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5964-102X
2010 (English)In: European Journal of Political Research, ISSN 0304-4130, E-ISSN 1475-6765, Vol. 49, no 5, p. 575-597Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Being politically interested is one of the most important norms from a democratic perspective, as it is a crucial antecedent for voting, political knowledge, civic and political participation, and attentiveness to political information. However, only limited research has focused on the relationship between media use and political interest, despite the notion that modern politics is mediated politics. Even more important is the fact that the causal relationship between media use and political interest still has not been firmly established. Against this background, the purpose of this study is to investigate the causal relationship between news media use and political interest.The results show that there are indeed causal and reciprocal relationships between political interest and attention to political news, and between political interest and exposure to some, but not all, news media. Overall these results lend stronger support to the perspective of media mobilisation theories than media malaise theories.

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2010. Vol. 49, no 5, p. 575-597
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Media and Communications Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10957DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2009.01913.xISI: 000279441100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77955039994Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10957DiVA, id: diva2:285115
Available from: 2010-01-11 Created: 2010-01-11 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Media Matter: The Political Influences of the News Media
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet, 2010. p. 37
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Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 84
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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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