Comparative Political Communication Research

Claes H. de Vreese

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication

Published in print August 2017 | ISBN: 9780199793471
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199984350 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Comparative Political Communication Research

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This chapter provides an overview of comparative political communication research (CPCR). CPCR is a growing field since there is wide acknowledgement that many questions are not answered satisfactorily with single case studies. The chapter explains why political communication researchers should care about cross-national comparisons and outlines types of CPCR—descriptive, explanatory, and comparison of relation—explaining variation in relations across units. Then the areas of CPCR are reviewed: media and political systems, political and elections news, political communication in the European Union, and political journalists. Finally, the chapter identifies unanswered questions for CPCR to address.

Keywords: comparative research; political communication; elections; campaigns; political journalists; media systems; news; public opinion; EU

Article.  6074 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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