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The politics of containment: Immigration coverage in UK general election news coverage (1992 to 2015)

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posted on 21.07.2017, 13:51 by David DeaconDavid Deacon, David Smith
This article examines the extent to which coverage of immigration issues has featured in mainstream national news coverage of six UK General Elections between 1992 and 2015. The six-phase content analysis charts shifts in the scale of coverage over this period that cannot be explained by reference to external factors alone, such as increases in net migration and growing public attentiveness to the issue. We show that since 2005 a disconnect has emerged between media coverage of the issue and external indicators of its scale and importance. The analysis also reveals a shift in the ownership of the immigration issue in formal campaign settings, with the UK Independence Party becoming the most dominant issue associate in electoral coverage of immigration issues.

Funding

This work was supported by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust (Grant ref: SG142216), The Electoral Commission and The Guardian Newspaper

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Journalism

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pages

151 - 171

Citation

DEACON, D. and Smith, D., 2017. The politics of containment: Immigration coverage in UK general election news coverage (1992 to 2015). Journalism, 21 (2), pp.151-171.

Publisher

© The authors. Published by SAGE Journals

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/

Acceptance date

01/06/2017

Publication date

2017-07-04

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journalism and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884917715944

ISSN

1464-8849

Language

en