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Do the media set the parliamentary agenda?: A comparative study in seven countries

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A growing body of work has examined the relationship between media and politics from an agenda-setting perspective: Is attention for issues initiated by political elites with the media following suit, or is the reverse relation stronger? A long series of single-country studies has suggested a number of general agenda-setting patterns but these have never been confirmed in a comparative approach. In a comparative, longitudinal design including comparable media and politics evidence for seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), this study highlights a number of generic patterns. Additionally, it shows how the political system matters. Overall, the media are a stronger inspirer of political action in countries with single-party governments compared to those with multiple-party governments for opposition parties. But, government parties are more reactive to media under multiparty governments.

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hal-02187905 , version 1 (18-07-2019)

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Rens Vliegenthart, Stefaan Walgrave, Frank Baumgartner, Shaun Bevan, Christian Breunig, et al.. Do the media set the parliamentary agenda?: A comparative study in seven countries. European Journal of Political Research, 2016, 55 (2), pp.283-301. ⟨10.1111/1475-6765.12134⟩. ⟨hal-02187905⟩
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