Type
Article
Title
Do the media set the parliamentary agenda? : A comparative study in seven countries
In
European Journal of Political Research
Author(s)
VLIEGENTHART Rens - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) (Author)
WALGRAVE Stefaan - University of Antwerp (Author)
BAUMGARTNER Frank - Department of Political Science (North Carolina) (Author)
BEVAN Shaun - University of Edinburgh (Author)
BREUNIG Christian - University of Konstanz (Author)
BROUARD Sylvain - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Author)
CHAQUÉS Laura - Universitat de Barcelona (UB) (Author)
GROSSMAN Emiliano - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
JENNINGS Will - University of Southampton [Southampton] (Author)
MORTENSEN Peter Bjerre - Aarhus University [Aarhus] (Author)
PALAU Ana - Universitat de Barcelona (Author)
SCIARINI Pascal - University of Geneva (Author)
TRESCH Anke - Université de Lausanne (Author)
Editor
GB : Blackwell Publishing
Volume
55
Number
2
Pages
283 - 301 p.
ISSN
03044130
DOI
10.1111/1475-6765.12134
Keywords
Parliamentary agenda, Media, Politics
Abstract
EN
A growing body of work has examined the relationship between media and politics from an agenda-setting perspective: Is attention for issues initiated by political elites with the media following suit, or is the reverse relation stronger? A long series of single-country studies has suggested a number of general agenda-setting patterns but these have never been confirmed in a comparative approach. In a comparative, longitudinal design including comparable media and politics evidence for seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), this study highlights a number of generic patterns. Additionally, it shows how the political system matters. Overall, the media are a stronger inspirer of political action in countries with single-party governments compared to those with multiple-party governments for opposition parties. But, government parties are more reactive to media under multiparty governments.

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