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Palgrave Macmillan

Mediatization of Politics

Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies

ISBN 9781137275837
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The first book-long analysis of the 'mediatization of politics', this volume aims to understand the transformations of the relationship between media and politics in recent decades, and explores how growing media autonomy, journalistic framing, media populism and new media technologies affect democratic processes. As politics becomes increasingly mediatized, the role of the media becomes more important in political processes, overlaying and subsuming political logic. This affects not only the presentational aspects of politics but, it is feared, also policymaking processes. This may in turn have far-reaching implications as to how well democracy works. Against this background, Mediatization of Politics brings together state-of-the-art chapters written by leading scholars in the field of political communication. It synthesizes relevant concepts and arguments, identifies core components of the mediatization paradigm, and sets the agenda for subsequent work on the changing relationship between media and politics in general, and on the mediatization of politics in particular.

Frank Esser is Professor of International and Comparative Media Research at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. After studies in Mainz and London, he taught at the Universities of Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas-Austin. His research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and political communication. His co-edited books include Comparing Political Communication (2004), the Handbook of Comparative Communication Research (2012) and Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization (2013).

Jesper Strömbäck is Ludvig Nordström Professor and Chair in Journalism and Professor in Political Communication at Mid Sweden. His research focuses on political communication, political news journalism, political public relations and marketing, and public opinion formation. His co-edited books include Opinion Polls and the Media. Reflecting and Shaping Public Opinion (2012), Political Public Relations. Principles and Applications (2011), and Political Communication in European Parliamentary Elections (2011).

1. Mediatization of Politics: Towards a Theoretical Framework; Jesper Strömbäck and Frank Esser
2. Mediatization and Democracy; Jay G. Blumler
3. Mediatization and Political Populism; Gianpietro Mazzoleni
4. Mediatization and New Media; Winfried Schulz
5. Mediatization and Political Autonomy: A Systems Approach; Frank Marcinkowski and Adrian Steiner
6. Mediation of Political Realities: Media as Crucial Source of Information; Adam Shehata and Jesper Strömbäck
7. Mediatization at the Structural Level: Independence from Politics, Dependence on the Market; Linards Udris and Jens Lucht
8. Mediatization of News: The Role of Journalistic Framing; Claes H. de Vreese
9. Mediatization of Campaign Coverage: Metacoverage of U.S. Elections; Paul D'Angelo, Florin Büchel and Frank Esser
10. Mediatization of Political Organizations: Changing Parties and Interest Groups?; Patrick Donges and Otfried Jarren
11. Mediatization and Political Agenda Setting: Changing Issue Priorities?; Peter Van Aelst, Gunnar Thesen, Stefaan Walgrave and Rens Vliegenthart
12. A Paradigm in the Making: Lessons for the Future of Mediatization Research; Frank Esser and Jesper Strömbäck

Florin Büchel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jay G. Blumler, University of Maryland, USA
Paul D'Angelo, College of New Jersey, USA
Claes H. de Vreese, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Patrick Donges, University of Greifswald, Germany
Frank Esser, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Otfried Jarren, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Jens Lucht, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Frank Marcinkowski, University of Muenster, Germany
Gianpietro Mazzoleni, University of Milan, Italy
Winfried Schulz, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Adam Shehata, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Adrian Steiner, Association of Swiss Cantonal Banks, Switzerland
Jesper Strömbäck, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
Gunnar Thesen, International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), Norway
Linards Udris, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Peter Van Aelst, University of Antwerp, Netherlands
Rens Vliegenthart, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Stefaan Walgrave, University of Antwerp, Netherlands


'This book brings together some of the leading scholars in contemporary political communication to explore the mediatization of politics. Written in a highly accessible way it provides the reader with a critical insight into this increasingly important concept showcasing the latest theoretical reflections and empirical evidence. I have no doubt that this edited collection will become required reading for all those interested in understanding the mediatization process.' - James Stanyer, University of Loughborough, UK
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