Publication
Title
Changing the subject : an analysis of candidates' issue emphasis in televised election debates, 1985-2019
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Abstract
Election debates are key campaign events that allow citizens to compare politicians' issue positions side-by-side. While debate moderators try to keep candidates on-topic to contrast issue positions, candidates can try to shift the debate to off-topic issues instead. Election debates thus provide a unique setting to study candidates' issue emphasis. In this context, we study: who veers off-topic, on which issues, and when? Our theory-driven quantitative content analysis of 24 Belgian election debates (1985-2019) shows that different candidates are equally likely to veer off-topic, but when they do, they emphasize their party's core issues and follow previous off-topic speaking turns.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of broadcasting & electronic media / Ohio State University. Department of Communication. - Kent, Ohio, 1985, currens
Publication
Abingdon : Routledge journals, taylor & francis ltd , 2023
ISSN
0883-8151 [print]
1550-6878 [online]
DOI
10.1080/08838151.2023.2272856
Volume/pages
(2023) , p. 1-20
ISI
001101527700001
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Full text (open access)
The author-created version that incorporates referee comments and is the accepted for publication version Available from 14.05.2024
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Representation and Democratic Resentment (RepResent).
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 04.12.2023
Last edited 06.12.2023
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