'Going Public': The Mediatization of Decision-Making Processes

Fischer, Manuel; Sciarini, Pascal (2015). 'Going Public': The Mediatization of Decision-Making Processes. In: Sciarini, Pascal; Fischer, Manuel; Traber, Denise (eds.) Political Decision-Making in Switzerland. The Consensus Model under Pressure. Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century (pp. 158-178). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK 10.1057/9781137508607_8

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In most Western countries, the media are said to exert an increasing influence on the political game. This development, which has been described variably as a shift towards an 'audience democracy' (Manin 1995) or the 'mediatization of politics' (Mazzoleni and Schulz 1999), emphasizes the increasing importance of the media for political actors and political decision-making. In such a context, political actors need to communicate with both the media and the public in order to gain support for their policy plans and to influence decision-making. The media were noticeably absent from Kriesi's (1980) in-depth analysis of political decision-making in Switzerland. This suggests that in the early 1970s, the media did not matter or mattered far less than they do today.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Fischer, Manuel and Fischer, Manuel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISBN:

978-1-349-70160-5

Series:

Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

Publisher:

Palgrave Macmillan UK

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeremy Simeon Trottmann

Date Deposited:

19 Jul 2016 12:56

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2016 13:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1057/9781137508607_8

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Democracy, European Politics, European Union Politics, Political Philosophy, Political Sociology, Political Theory

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82809

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