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The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political Agenda–Setting Effect of Protest



Type:   Article
Title:   The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political Agenda–Setting Effect of Protest : A Longitudinal Study in Six Western European Countries
Author(s):   Vliegenthart, Rens - Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) (Author)
Walgrave, Stefaan - University of Antwerp (Author)
Hutter, Sven - European University Institute (EUI) (Author)
Jennings, Will - University of Southampton (Author)
Gava, Roy - University of Geneva (Author)
Tresch, Anke - University of Lausanne (Author)
Varone, Frédéric - Département des sciences politiques et des relations internationales (Author)
Grossman, Emiliano (1973-...) - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
Breunig, Christian - University of Konstanz (Author)
Brouard, Sylvain - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Author)
Chaqués, Laura - Universitat de Barcelona (UB) (Author)
In:   Social forces
Date issued:   2016-10
Publisher:   UNITED STATES  :  University of North Carolina Press
Pages:   1-23  p.
ISSN:   00377732
DOI:   doi: 10.1093/sf/sow075
Keywords:   [en] Media, Protest, Parliament
Abstract:   [en] The study investigates the impact of media coverage of protest on issue attention in parliament (questions) in six Western European countries. Integrating several data sets on protest, media, and political agendas, we demonstrate that media coverage of protest affects parliamentary agendas: the more media attention protest on an issue receives, the more parliamentary questions on that issue are asked. The relationship, however, is mediated by the issue agenda of mass media more generally, attesting to an indirect rather than a direct effect. Additionally, the effect of media-covered protests on the general media agenda is moderated by the political system and is larger in majoritarian countries than in countries with a consensus democracy. This shows the importance of political opportunity structures for the agenda-setting impact of protest.

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