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Public Policy and the Mass Media


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1. Introduction: Mass Media and Public Policy - Is There a Link? - Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten and Katrin Voltmer Part I: Policy Issues, Agendas And The Media 2. Public Policy and The Mass Media: An Information Processing Approach - Bryan D. Jones and Michelle Wolfe 3. Do the Media Shape Parties' Agenda Preferences? An Empirical Study of Party Manifestoes in Belgium (1987-2003) - Stefaan Walgrave And Jonas Lefevere 4. Closing the Circle: A Case Study in the Role of Spin in the Policy Cycle - Neil Gavin 5. Knowledge Culture and Power: Biotechnology and the Popular Press - Pieter Maeseele and Dimitri Schuurrman 6. Aid Organizations, Governments and the Media: The Critical Role of Journalists in Signaling Authority Recognition - Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt Part II: Policy Institutions, Constellations of Actors and the Media 7. The Media and the Policy Process: A Policy Centric Approach - Robin Brown 8. Contested Processes, Contested Influence: A Case Study of Genetically Modified Food In Britain - Anita Howarth 9. Going Public? (Re)Presentation Of Women's Policy in the Media - Birgit Sauer 10. Public Pushing for Pension Reform? The Short-Term Impact of Media Coverage on Long-Term Policy Making in Germany, Britain and the United States - Christoph Strunck 11. Condemned to Repeat: The Media and the Accountability Gap in Iraq War Policy - Robert M. Entman, Steven Livingston and Sean Aday 12. Conclusion: The Interplay of Mass Communication and Political Decision Making - Policy Matters! - Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten and Katrin Voltmer

About the Author

Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, Philipps University Marburg, Germany. Her research focuses on German and international industrial relations and its actors; new forms of governance in the national and international arena; and the role of the media in `media democracy'. Katrin Voltmer is Senior Lecturer of Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include media influences on public opinion and the policy process, the relationship between journalists and their news sources, and the role of the media in democratic transitions. She is the editor of The Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies (also published by Routledge).


'The book raises important questions for future research agenda and contributes with perspectives for empirical research. It is also an interesting initital literature on current issues and debates in the realm of political communication.' - Enikoe Soujon and Bianca Vaz Mondo, Policy Advice and Political Consulting, Vol. 4, 2011

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