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Pathways to Politics: How Media System Characteristics Can Influence Socioeconomic Gaps in Political Participation
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (DEMICOM)
2010 (English)In: Harvard Internation Journal of Press/Politics, ISSN 1081-180X, E-ISSN 1531-328X, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 295-318Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses a key democratic question that has not beenfully answered by political communication research: How do the news media influence gaps in participation between socioeconomic groups? The main purpose is to develop and propose an institutional framework for analyzing how the news media influence participation gaps in different countries. It is argued that past research on media malaise and mobilization effects has not paid attention to the joint influence of two media system characteristics:(1) the strength of media institutions with respect to influencingpolitical participation and (2) the distinctiveness of their population base. European Social Survey data from four democratic corporatist countries is used to analyze both these dimensions of the institutional framework. The results indicate that newspapers and television news might have different influences on participation gaps in these countries, and the findings are discussed in light ofthe specific media system characteristics of democratic corporatist countries. Finally, some suggestions for future cross-national comparative research based on the proposed institutional framework are discussed.

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2010. Vol. 15, no 3, p. 295-318
Keywords [en]
Poltical participation, media effects, comparative research, citizens
National Category
Media and Communications Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10962DOI: 10.1177/1940161209360930ISI: 000279354300003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77954569702Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10962DiVA, id: diva2:285119
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
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 84
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
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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