Media, Politics & Democracy

The research group “Media, Politics & Democracy” is concerned with the relationship between media, politics and the public 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 enabling social inclusion, civic participation and responsible action of the citizens.

In pursuing this goal, research projects aim at examining

  • how the media system is structured, and how the various media operate in the public interest,
  • how media shape election campaigns and political participation as both central to democratic life,
  • and how they act with regard to major challenges today’s society is confronted with (such as reducing social exclusion, understanding health determinants, fostering media competence, and engaging with science).

Special emphasis is put on the development of theoretical approaches and innovative methodological models as well as on the application of multivariate procedures in order to meet the analytic challenges of complex and accelerated communication processes.