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Media and Policy Making in the Digital Age


Do media influence policy making? To what extent can governments or other actors manipulate this influence? Our understanding of the relationship between media and policy making remains limited, as separate research agendas look at parts of the puzzle in public policy, political communication, and related fields. This article tries to bridge these divides, to show how knowledge from different fields may be complementary, and to point to shortcomings and blind spots in existing research. By bringing different strands together, I show that media, old and new, are the main arena for the battle over the scope of policy conflict. The review discusses different factors determining or influencing media coverage of and influence on policy making, before looking at how governments and administrations deal with media coverage of policy making. I explore how ongoing changes in the media landscape are likely to affect the media–policy making nexus. The final section presents future research directions.

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hal-04003681 , version 1 (24-02-2023)



Emiliano Grossman. Media and Policy Making in the Digital Age. Annual Review of Political Science, 2022, 25 (1), pp.443-461. ⟨10.1146/annurev-polisci-051120-103422⟩. ⟨hal-04003681⟩
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