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Title: Comparing public spheres: normative models and empirical measurements
Authors: Downey, John
Mihelj, Sabina
Koenig, Thomas
Keywords: Class
Comparative media analysis
Content analysis
EU Constitution
Public sphere
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd © The authors
Citation: DOWNEY, J., MIHELJ, S. and KOENIG, T., 2012. Comparing public spheres: normative models and empirical measurements. European Journal of Communication, 27 (4), pp. 337 - 353.
Abstract: Most contemporary work on public spheres tends to adopt, either explicitly or implicitly, Habermas’s idea of a deliberative public sphere as a normative model. There are, however, a number of other normative models available that are rarely the subject of empirical scrutiny: republican, liberal and multicultural. This article poses the empirical question of whether actually existing public spheres more closely resemble one model rather than another. To answer this question, the authors develop ways to measure public spheres, at both national and transnational level. They ground this attempt to move comparative media analysis forward conceptually and empirically via a case study comparing media content about the EU Constitution in six countries.
Description: This article was published in the serial, European Journal of Communication [ SAGE Publications Ltd © the authors]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267323112459447
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0267323112459447
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13200
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267323112459447
ISSN: 0267-3231
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