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Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? A comparative study in seven countries

Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? A comparative study in seven countries
Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? A comparative study in seven countries
A growing body of work has examined the relationship between media and politics from an agenda-setting perspective: is attention for issues initiated by political elites with the media following suit, or is the reverse relation stronger? A long series of single-country studies has suggested a number of general agenda-setting patterns but these have never been confirmed in a comparative approach. In a comparative, longitudinal design including comparable media and politics evidence for seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK), this study highlights a number of generic patterns. Additionally, we show how the political system matters. Overall, the media are a stronger inspirer of political action in countries with single-party governments compared to countries with multiple-party governments. But, this larger media effect under single-party governments is fully due to the higher reactivity of the opposition parties; government parties are more reactive to media under multi-party governments.
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Vliegenthart, Rens, Walgrave, Stefaan, Chaqués Bonafont, Laura, Mortensen, Peter, Sciarini, Pascal, Tresch, Anke, Bevan, Shaun, Jennings, Will, Grossman, Emiliano, Brouard, Sylvain and Baumgartner, Frank (2016) Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? A comparative study in seven countries. European Journal of Political Research, 55 (2), 283-301. (doi:10.1111/1475-6765.12134).

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A growing body of work has examined the relationship between media and politics from an agenda-setting perspective: is attention for issues initiated by political elites with the media following suit, or is the reverse relation stronger? A long series of single-country studies has suggested a number of general agenda-setting patterns but these have never been confirmed in a comparative approach. In a comparative, longitudinal design including comparable media and politics evidence for seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK), this study highlights a number of generic patterns. Additionally, we show how the political system matters. Overall, the media are a stronger inspirer of political action in countries with single-party governments compared to countries with multiple-party governments. But, this larger media effect under single-party governments is fully due to the higher reactivity of the opposition parties; government parties are more reactive to media under multi-party governments.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 December 2015
Published date: 15 February 2016
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 384948
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384948
ISSN: 0304-4130
PURE UUID: 103b92a5-a758-4ef5-b9cb-d4ef075fc2b6
ORCID for Will Jennings: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9007-8896

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Date deposited: 14 Jan 2016 10:28
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:06

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Author: Rens Vliegenthart
Author: Stefaan Walgrave
Author: Laura Chaqués Bonafont
Author: Peter Mortensen
Author: Pascal Sciarini
Author: Anke Tresch
Author: Shaun Bevan
Author: Will Jennings ORCID iD
Author: Emiliano Grossman
Author: Sylvain Brouard
Author: Frank Baumgartner

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