Media Systems and Information Environments: A comparative approach to the agenda-setting hypothesis
Title: Media Systems and Information Environments: A comparative approach to the agenda-setting hypothesis
Author: SANTANA PEREIRA, José
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2012
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
The present dissertation aims at the comparative study agenda-setting (i.e., the impact that media content has on the importance people give to several political and social issues) in Europe. The focus is set in the 2009 European Parliament election campaign period, and one of the central goals is to observe whether the media agenda-setting capacity varies from country to country or not, and why. The hypothetical causes of cross-country variability are the nature of the several European media systems (in terms of development of press markets, freedom of press, journalist professionalization, state intervention, media partisanship) and their effects in the informational environment, both from the perspective of the supply (information quality) and demand (trust in the media). The results show that these macro-level dimensions vary considerably in Europe, and that there is a link between media system dimensions related to politics, information quality and agenda-setting.
Defence date: 20 November 2012; Examining Board: Professor Mark N. Franklin, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Alexander H. Trechsel, European University Institute (Co-supervisor); Professor Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University; Professor Susan Banducci, University of Exeter.
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