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Title: Political communication in a high-choice media environment: a challenge for democracy?
Authors: Van Aelst, Peter
Stromback, Jesper
Aalberg, Toril
Esser, Frank
de Vreese, Claes
Matthes, Jorg
Hopmann, David
Salgado, Susana
Hube, Nicolas
Stepinska, Agnieszka
Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos
Berganza, Rosa
Legnante, Guido
Reinemann, Carsten
Sheafer, Tamir
Stanyer, James
Keywords: Political information environments
Political knowledge
Political news
News diversity
Quality of news
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis © International Communication Association
Citation: VAN AELST, P. ... et al, 2017. Political communication in a high-choice media environment: a challenge for democracy?. Annals of the International Communication Association, 41 (1), pp. 3-27.
Abstract: During the last decennia media environments and political communication systems have changed fundamentally. These changes have major ramifications for the political information environments and the extent to which they aid people in becoming informed citizens. Against this background, the purpose of this article is to review research on key changes and trends in political information environments and assess their democratic implications. We will focus on advanced postindustrial democracies and six concerns that are all closely linked to the dissemination and acquisition of political knowledge: (1) declining supply of political information, (2) declining quality of news, (3) increasing media concentration and declining diversity of news, (4) increasing fragmentation and polarization, (5) increasing relativism and (6) increasing inequality in political knowledge.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Annals of the International Communication Association on 15 March 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23808985.2017.1288551.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/23808985.2017.1288551
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24775
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23808985.2017.1288551
ISSN: 2380-8985
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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