How Political Actors Use the Media: A Functional Analysis of the Media's Role in Politics (Paperback)

How Political Actors Use the Media: A Functional Analysis of the Media's Role in Politics By Peter Van Aelst (Editor), Stefaan Walgrave (Editor) Cover Image
By Peter Van Aelst (Editor), Stefaan Walgrave (Editor)
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Description


This book investigates how individual politicians and political parties strategically make use of the media to reach their political goals. Looking beyond a purely Americentric viewpoint, the chapters present data from more than ten Western democracies to argue that the media are both a source of information and an arena for political communication. This double functional role of the media is examined from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective, including chapters dealing with different aspects of politics - from campaigning to law making - and within different political contexts. The role of the news media is discussed from the perspective of the political actor, focusing on both the opportunities and the constraints the news media provide, resulting in a multidisciplinary text that will appeal to students and scholars of both communication and political science.

About the Author


Peter Van Aelst and Stefaan Walgrave are professors in political science at the University of Antwerp, Belgium and leading members of the research group 'Media, Movements and Politics'(www.M2P.be). They have published widely on the relationship between media an d politics and the agenda-setting role of the media.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783319868172
ISBN-10: 3319868179
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2018
Pages: 282
Language: English