How political actors use the media: A functional analysis of the media’s role in politics

Stefaan Walgrave, Julie Sevenans, Alon Zoizner, Matthew Ayling

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We employ a novel design to explore to what extent the media are significant information suppliers for politicians. In three countries-Belgium, Canada, and Israel-we surveyed national political elites and asked them about the main, actual media stories published in the weeks preceding the interview. Elites were asked whether they knew about the underlying news fact before it appeared in the news media and what share of all they knew about the underlying facts originated from news media coverage. Their answers seem to suggest that their media dependency is quite strong. Most importantly, story features and characteristics of individual politicians interactively determine to what extent a politician is dependent on the media for information about current affairs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow Political Actors Use the Media
Subtitle of host publicationA Functional Analysis of the Media's Role in Politics
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319602493
ISBN (Print)9783319602486
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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