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Rethinking the Logics: A Conceptual Framework for the Mediatization of Politics

ContributorsLanderer, Nino
Published inCommunication Theory, vol. 23, no. 3, p. 239-258
Publication date2013

This article suggests a conceptual framework for the mediatization of politics. It critically discusses the concepts of “media logic” and “political logic” emanating from the political communication literature and argues that “normative logic” and “market logic” are more appropriate concepts for the theoretical understanding and empirical analysis of the behavior of mass media and political actors. These two logics guide media and political actors' issue selection and presentation to different degrees. The mediatization of politics in this account takes place when both media and political actors adapt their behavior to the audience-oriented market logic. This process works in parallel with the economic integration and technological progress comprised by the term globalization, thereby challenging established institutional mechanisms in advanced democracies.

  • Mediatization
  • Media Logic
  • Political Logic
  • Democracy
  • Globalization
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LANDERER, Nino. Rethinking the Logics: A Conceptual Framework for the Mediatization of Politics. In: Communication Theory, 2013, vol. 23, n° 3, p. 239–258. doi: 10.1111/comt.12013
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