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Perceptions of media influence and performance among politicians in European democracies
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6023-7366
2023 (English)In: International Communication Gazette, ISSN 1748-0485, E-ISSN 1748-0493, Vol. 85, no 5, p. 347-364Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores politicians' subjective views of the mediatisation of politics and the implication it has for their satisfaction with democracy. Based on previous research, we hypothesise a negative effect of their perception of media influence on their evaluation of the news media's performance as a public informant. These perceptions directly and indirectly influence politicians' satisfaction with democracy. The relationships were tested with a Structural Equation Model (SEM) based on comparative survey data from politicians in seven democracies (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland). Results show that a strong influence runs from politicians' perception of the media's performance as regards public information to their satisfaction with the functioning of democracy. This influence is stable across countries. The SEM thus may provide a good explanation for why some politicians attack legacy media and excessively use social media to communicate with voters. Results also point to risks of media-driven democracies.

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Sage Publications, 2023. Vol. 85, no 5, p. 347-364
Keywords [en]
Media influence, perception, media performance, political elites, media and democracy, mediatisation, comparative survey
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Media and Communication Technology
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-92910DOI: 10.1177/17480485221146088ISI: 000903073500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85145266815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-92910DiVA, id: diva2:1726012
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German Research Foundation (DFG)Swedish Research CouncilEuropean CommissionSwedish Nutrition Foundation (SNF)European Science Foundation (ESF)Available from: 2023-01-12 Created: 2023-01-12 Last updated: 2024-02-07Bibliographically approved

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