Politicians in the news: media or party logic? Media attention and electoral success in the Belgian election campaign of 2003

Peter Van Aelst, Maddens Bart, Stefaan Fiers

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Abstract

This study departs from the finding that media attention has contributed to the electoral success of candidates in the Belgian election campaign of 2003. As we do find an impact of media attention on the number of preferential votes of each candidate, we have taken a closer look at the elements that determine this media attention. Do the media autonomously decide which candidate gets more attention than others or do they follow the hierarchy determined by the parties? In other words: is the media interest in a politician a consequence of a media logic or of a party logic? As our multivariate analysis clearly indicates, both logics are relevant, with the party logic outweighing the media logic. However, the question remains to what extent the parties have already incorporated a media logic in the selection of their political personnel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-210
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Volume23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • media logic, election campaigns, media attention,

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