Cross‐National versus individual‐level differences in political information: a media systems perspective
Iyengar, S, Curran, J, Lund, A, Salovaara‐Moring, I, Hahn, K and Coen, S 2010, 'Cross‐National versus individual‐level differences in political information: a media systems perspective' , Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 20 (3) , pp. 291-309.
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We propose a context-dependent approach to the study of political information. Combining a content analysis of broadcast news with a national survey measuring public awareness of various events, issues, and individuals in the news, we show that properties of national media systems influence both the supply of news and citizens’ awareness of events in the news. Public service-oriented media systems deliver hard news more frequently than market-based systems. It follows that for citizens living under public service regimes, the opportunity costs of exposure to hard news are significantly lowered. Lowered costs allow less interested citizens to acquire political knowledge. Our analyses demonstrate that the knowledge gap between the more and less interested is widest in the US and smallest in Scandinavia.
|Themes:||Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Health Sciences
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties|
|Publisher:||Taylor and Francis|
|Funders:||Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)|
|Depositing User:||S Coen|
|Date Deposited:||12 Nov 2012 15:49|
|Last Modified:||30 Nov 2015 23:46|
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