Media, Politics & Democracy
The working group “Media, Politics & Democracy” is concerned with the relationships between media, politics and the public sphere in a democratic system which is depending heavily on the media for legitimizing power through control and criticism, providing a forum for the competition of ideas and interests, and promoting political participation and responsible action of the citizens.
In pursuing this goal, research projects aim at examining
- how the media system is structured, under what conditions media organizations and journalism operate, and whether and how they serve the public interest,
- how traditional and social media shape election campaigns and civic participation as both central to democratic life,
- and how they act with regard to major challenges today’s society is confronted with, such as enabling social inclusion, fostering media competence, and engaging with science.
Special emphasis is put on comparative analyses, particularly across time and countries, the development of theoretical models and innovative methodological approaches, as well as on the application of multivariate procedures in order to meet the analytic challenges of complex and accelerated communication processes.
News Media and the Political Communication Environment
- Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) – Austrian Study
- The Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) – Austria
- Media Performance and Democracy (MPD)
- The Development of the Austrian Media System: Market Structures, Journalistic Practices, and News Consumption Patterns
Media, Election Campaigns and Political Participation
- Continuity and Change in Campaign Communication in Austria since 1966 (CampCom)
- From Collectivity to Connectivity? Media and Political Participation
Completed Research Projects:
- Transatlantic Perspectives: The News Media and U.S. Presidential Elections (TaP)
- Media’s Failure in Times of Crisis: Election Coverage in the Interwar Period
Current Societal Challenges and the Role of the Media
- Media Conflicts on Migration: How Migrants and Migration Become Objects of Media Controversy
- Food Advertising in Movies, Young Children's Food Choices, and What We Need to Know to Protect Them from Implicit Advertising Effects
- Communicating Science: Current Problems and Future Imperatives
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