Scientific article

The political agenda-setting power of the media: the Europeanization nexus

Published inJournal of European Public Policy, p. 1-18
Publication date2018

Previous studies have demonstrated that the extent to which media coverage influences the issue priorities of policy-makers is contingent on the type of issues, media, and political agendas. This article contributes to this literature by elaborating on a factor that has been surprisingly neglected so far: the domestic or Europeanised character of the political issue covered in the news. Empirically, we apply time-series cross-section analyses to a dataset on media and parliamentary agendas during the years 1995-2003 in Switzerland. We find that the media's political agenda-setting power mainly stems from news coverage of domestic issues. News on Europeanised issues have a weak impact on so-called symbolic parliamentary agendas, and no impact at all on the more substantial parliamentary agendas that may initiate decision-making processes.

  • Agenda-setting
  • Europeanization
  • Media
  • Parliament
  • Switzerland
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - NCCR Democracy
Citation (ISO format)
SCIARINI, Pascal, TRESCH, Anke. The political agenda-setting power of the media: the Europeanization nexus. In: Journal of European Public Policy, 2018, p. 1–18. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2018.1458890
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ISSN of the journal1350-1763

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