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Political Communication and Media

Political Communication and Media

Key terms

  • Audience democracy
  • Mass media
  • Personalization of politics
  • Political communication
  • Political marketing
  • Presidentialization of politics
  • Professionalization of politics
  • Public opinion


In several chapters of this book, some aspect of political communication is directly or indirectly relevant and deserves attention. Thus, for example, one of the key criteria in a minimalist definition of democracy is ‘alternative sources of information’ (see Chapter 5), that is, the pluralist ownership of TV channels and newspapers is a key element to assess whether there is a democracy or not. Of course, the implied indirect assumption is that only alternative sources of information allow a free, unconstrained formation of political opinions and the consequent free political behaviour of citizens. Aspects of communication are also relevant in the analysis of the quality ...

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