Title
Information and arena : the dual function of the news media for political elites Information and arena : the dual function of the news media for political elites
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Hoboken :Wiley-blackwell ,
Subject
Politics
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Journal of communication. - Philadelphia, Pa
Volume/pages
66(2016) :3 , p. 496-518
ISSN
0021-9916
ISI
000378421800008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
How do individual politicians use the news media to reach their political goals? This study addresses the question by proposing an actor-centered, functional approach. We distinguish 2 essential functions (and subfunctions) the mass media have for political elites. The media are a source of information; politicians depend on it for pure information and they can profit from the momentum generated by media information. The media also are an arena elites need access to in order to promote themselves and their issues. These 2 functions offer certain politicians a structural advantage over others and, hence, are relevant for the power struggle among political elites. A systematic functional account enables comparisons of the role of the media across politicians and political systems.
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