Political agenda-setting and -building in small consensus democracies : Relationships between media and parliament in the Netherlands and Switzerland

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Publications
Title
Political agenda-setting and -building in small consensus democracies : Relationships between media and parliament in the Netherlands and Switzerland
Journal
Mass Media Effects and the Political Agenda
Author(s)
Sciarini Pascal, Tresch Anke, Vliegenthart Rens
ISSN
2452-0063
2452-0071
Publication state
Published
Issued date
10/04/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
4
Number
1
Pages
109-134
Language
english
Abstract
This paper analyzes the mutual influence between media and political agendas in the Netherlands and Switzerland. While these two countries share a number of similarities, they also exhibit some important differences (e.g. the frequency of parliamentary meetings) that are likely to affect the patterns of influence. Time-series cross-section analyses of monthly data about issue attention in parliamentary questions and in media coverage for the period 1995–2003 (Switzerland) and 1995–2011 (Netherlands) provide partial support for our hypotheses. Agenda-setting and -building effects are overall stronger in Switzerland, which may be due to differences in the workings of national parliaments and varying degrees of mediatization. Moreover, our analyses reveal more pronounced differences between the coalition and opposition parties in Switzerland. Overall, this study demonstrates that it is important to consider smaller institutional differences when studying political agenda-setting and -building in a cross-national perspective.
Keywords
political agenda-setting, agenda-building, comparative agendas project, time series analysis, parliament, newspapers, Switzerland, the Netherlands
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