Communicating Politics

Political Communication in the Nordic Countries

Toril Aalberg
Mark Ørsten
Jesper Strömbäck
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Modern politics is mediated politics, and the media constitute the most important source of information and channel of communication between the governors and the governed. Media and politics are thus inextricable linked together, with the media playing an important role in contemporary democracies and for political processes. While this is true for virtually all advanced democracies, there are still important differences between countries depending on, for example, their media systems and political systems. The purpose of Communicating Politics: Political Communication in the Nordic Countries is consequently to de-scribe and analyze both the political communication systems and cases of political communication processes in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Taken together, the chapters explore differences as well as similarities between the Nordic countries, and provide a broad view of political communication systems, practices and research perspectives in the Nordic countries.

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I: Political Communication Systems in the Nordic Countries

Political Communication in the Nordic Countries. An Introduction
Jesper Strömbäck, Mark Ørsten, Toril Aalberg

Media and Politics in Denmark
Anders Esmark, Mark Ørsten

Media and Politics in Finland
Tom Moring

Media and Politics in Iceland
Ólafur Th. Hardarson

Media and Politics in Norway
Helge Østbye, Toril Aalberg

Media and Politics in Sweden
Jesper Strömbäck, Lars W. Nord

II: Cases in Nordic Political Communication

Conflicting Representations in the European Parliamentary Elections
Tom Andersson

Visualizing Egalitarianism. Political Print Ads in Denmark
Jens E. Kjeldsen

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose? The Evolution of Finnish Web Campaigning 1996-200
Tom Carlson, Kim Strandberg

Popularized Election Coverage? News Coverage of Swedish Parliamentary Election Campaigns 1979-2006
Bengt Johansson

From Public Educator to Interpreting Ombudsman. Regimes of Political Journalism in Swedish Public Service Broadcasting 1925-2005
Monika Djerf-Pierre, Lennart Weibull

Aestheticizing Politics. Non-verbal Political Communication in Danish TV Documentaries
Iben Have, Anne Marit Waade

This Is the Issue: Framing Contests and Media Coverage
Øyvind Ihlen, Sigurd Allern

Organizing Audiovisual Campaign Coverage. Influence on Power Relations Between Media and Politics in Norway
Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud

Conclusions. Similarities and Differences between the Nordic Countries
Mark Ørsten, Toril Aalberg, Jesper Strömbäck

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Pages: 276
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