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Comparing public spheres: normative models and empirical measurements

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posted on 25.09.2013, 11:18 by John Downey, Sabina Mihelj, Thomas Koenig
Most contemporary work on public spheres tends to adopt, either explicitly or implicitly, Habermas’s idea of a deliberative public sphere as a normative model. There are, however, a number of other normative models available that are rarely the subject of empirical scrutiny: republican, liberal and multicultural. This article poses the empirical question of whether actually existing public spheres more closely resemble one model rather than another. To answer this question, the authors develop ways to measure public spheres, at both national and transnational level. They ground this attempt to move comparative media analysis forward conceptually and empirically via a case study comparing media content about the EU Constitution in six countries.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

DOWNEY, J., MIHELJ, S. and KOENIG, T., 2012. Comparing public spheres: normative models and empirical measurements. European Journal of Communication, 27 (4), pp. 337 - 353.

Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd © The authors

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2012

Notes

This article was published in the serial, European Journal of Communication [ SAGE Publications Ltd © the authors]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267323112459447

ISSN

0267-3231

Language

en