1st Edition

Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies

Edited By

Katrin Voltmer

ISBN 9780415459716
Published December 6, 2007 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines how political communication and the mass media have played a central role in the consolidation of emerging democracies around the world.

Covering a broad range of political and cultural contexts, including Eastern and Southern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, this new volume investigates the problems and conflicts arising in the process of establishing an independent media and competitive politics in post-autocratic societies. Considering the changing dynamic in the relationship between political actors, the media and their audience, the authors of this volume address the following issues:

  • changing journalistic role perceptions and journalistic quality
  • the reasons and consequences of persisting instrumentalization of the media by political actors
  • the role of the media in election campaigns
  • the way in which the citizens interpret political messages and the extent to which the media influence political attitudes and electoral behaviour
  • the role of the Internet in building a democratic public sphere

This book will be of great interest to all those studying and researching democracy and democratization, comparative politics, political communication, journalism, media and the Internet.

Table of Contents

1 Katrin Voltmer

The mass media and the dynamics of political communication in

Processes of democratization – an introduction

Part I: The mass media and journalistic practice – normative dilemmas,

professionalization and political instrumentalization

2 Carlos Barrera and Ricardo Zugasti

The role of the press in times of transition: the building of the

Spanish democracy (1975 – 78)

3 Hedwig de Smaele

‘In the name of democracy’: the paradox of democracy and press

freedom in post-communist Russia

4 Herman Wasserman and Arnold S. de Beer

Conflicts of interest? Debating the media’s role in post-apartheid

South Africa

5 Silvio Waisbord

In journalism we trust? Credibility and fragmented journalism in Latin


6 Natalya Krasnoboka and Kees Brants

Old and new media, old and new politics? On- and offline reporting in

The 2002 Ukrainian election campaign

Part II: Political parties, governments and elections: communication strategies and the mediatization of politics

7 Roberto Espindola

Electoral campaigning in Latin America’s new democracies: the Southern


8 Gary Rawnsley

Democratization and election campaigning in Taiwan: professionalizing

the professionals

9 Sarah Oates

Where’s the party? Television and election campaigns in Russia

10 Ming-Ying Lee

The Internet in politics: democracy in e-government in Taiwan

Part III: Audience responses to political messages: interpretations and effects

11 Ellen Mickiewicz

Does ‘trust’ mean attention, comprehension and acceptance? Paradoxes

of Russian viewers’ news processing

12 Stephen White and Ian McAllister

Politics and the media in post-communist Russia

13 Katrin Voltmer and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

New democracies without citizens? Mass media and democratic

orientations – a four country comparison

14 Katrin Voltmer

Political Communication between democratization and the trajectories of the past.

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Katrin Voltmer is Senior Lecturer of Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK.