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Political Communication

Elections
Media
Political Parties
Populism
Campaign
Social Media
Communication
Public Opinion
S42
Loes Aaldering
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Alyt Damstra
University of Amsterdam

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Political Communication


Abstract

Communication is an integral aspect of politics. Hence, the importance of communication research for political science cannot be overstated. Political communication deals with, among other things, the way (political) information is communicated to the electorate, how media cover parties and politicians, the way issues in the media affect politics, how political actors communicate with each other, and interpersonal communication on political topics. In recent decades, important societal changes have taken place that strongly affect the field of political communication, including the rise of internet-based communication, the increase of populist rhetoric by political parties, the fragmentation of the media landscape and the rise of ‘post-truth’ politics in which fake news flourishes. This section seeks to bring together scholars in the field of political communication research. We aim to reach out to scholars of political communication in the broadest sense possible, including research on (internal and external) party communication, the influence of media coverage on political behavior or attitudes, election campaigns, social media and politics, and political journalism. In short, we warmly invite panels and papers on the broad topic of political communication, and we welcome studies employing experimental designs, survey studies, content analyses or other relevant methods. Research that explicitly aims to strengthen our understanding of the causality involved in communication effects are encouraged, as well as studies that employ cutting-edge research methods to study political communication in an automated fashion. As the topic of the section is very broad, the Standing Group on Political Communication is quite popular (while only founded in October 2017, it currently has 192 members), and many papers were submitted to the section on Political Communication of the 2018 General Conference (with a specific focus on fake news). As such, we expect that a large group of scholars will be interested in submitting their research within this section again this year.  

Code Title Details
P035 Campaign Effects in Contemporary Elections View Panel Details
P112 Emotionality and Incivility View Panel Details
P139 Framing and Branding View Panel Details
P259 Political Agenda Setting View Panel Details
P262 Political Communication and Political Leadership View Panel Details
P263 Political Communication and Social Media View Panel Details
P264 Political Communication and the Rise of Populism View Panel Details
P265 Political Communication in a Digital Era View Panel Details
P266 Political Communication in a Post-Truth Era View Panel Details
P267 Political Communication in Times of Elections View Panel Details
P296 Populist Communication and Digital Media View Panel Details
P396 The Political Implications of Media and Journalistic Hybridity View Panel Details
P448 Understanding the Rise of Populism: Attention-Based Political and Communication Strategies on Social Media View Panel Details