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Political communication in a high-choice media environment: a challenge for democracy?

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posted on 21.04.2017, 13:44 by Peter Van Aelst, Jesper Stromback, Toril Aalberg, Frank Esser, Claes de Vreese, Jorg Matthes, David Hopmann, Susana Salgado, Nicolas Hube, Agnieszka Stepinska, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Rosa Berganza, Guido Legnante, Carsten Reinemann, Tamir Sheafer, James StanyerJames Stanyer
During the last decennia media environments and political communication systems have changed fundamentally. These changes have major ramifications for the political information environments and the extent to which they aid people in becoming informed citizens. Against this background, the purpose of this article is to review research on key changes and trends in political information environments and assess their democratic implications. We will focus on advanced postindustrial democracies and six concerns that are all closely linked to the dissemination and acquisition of political knowledge: (1) declining supply of political information, (2) declining quality of news, (3) increasing media concentration and declining diversity of news, (4) increasing fragmentation and polarization, (5) increasing relativism and (6) increasing inequality in political knowledge.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Annals of the International Communication Association

Volume

41

Issue

1

Pages

3 - 27

Citation

VAN AELST, P. ... et al, 2017. Political communication in a high-choice media environment: a challenge for democracy?. Annals of the International Communication Association, 41 (1), pp. 3-27.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis © International Communication Association

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Annals of the International Communication Association on 15 March 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23808985.2017.1288551.

ISSN

2380-8985

eISSN

2380-8977

Language

en