What we can learn from media

In consolidated democracies, characterized by programmatic linkages between political actors and the electorate, the today’s key role of media in the political process is to establish and ensure the link between the political supply and demand side. Hence, media represent a rich source for scholars investigating in mechanisms behind the political mobilization. But how can information of programmatic positions be extracted? In this paper, I give an overview of recent theoretical and methodological approaches in the concerned field. A comparison of different widely used measurement techniques shows that results heavily depends on employed techniques. Read more:

  • Media as Data Source for the Analysis of Democratic Processes: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Challenges – Paper presented at University of Mauritius, August, 20th, 2008 [pdf, 297kB]

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