The Media and the Public Sphere: A Deliberative Model of Democracy

Häussler, Thomas (2017). The Media and the Public Sphere: A Deliberative Model of Democracy. New York: Routledge

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At the heart of modern democracy lies the public sphere, which is most
centrally shaped by those actors that integrate it discursively: the mass
media. The media draws together the different strands of political debates;
they grant access to some actors and arguments, while excluding others, and
thus decisively mould the political process.
In this book, Thomas Häussler examines how the media reflects and
reacts to the wider context in which they are embedded. More specifically,
he focuses on whether their discourse demonstrates systematic differences
with regard to the two main public sphere types that they co-constitute,
according to deliberative theory, focusing in particular on the work of
Jürgen Habermas.
The Media and the Public Sphere promotes a deeper a more detailed
understanding of the political process by foregrounding the complex relationships
between the media and the public discourse they constitute. It
examines how the media co-creates relationships of power, analyses the
structure of these discursive networks, and illuminates the effects different
deliberative coalition types have on political debates.

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03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Communication and Media Studies (ICMB)

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Häussler, Thomas


100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation






Thomas Häussler

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