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Title: Newspaper attention and policy activities in Spain
Author: Chaqués Bonafont, Laura
Baumgartner, Frank R., 1958-
Keywords: Premsa
Comunicació en la política
Communication in politics
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract: Spain"s newspapers are characterised by strong partisan identities. We demonstrate that the two leading newspapers nonetheless show powerful similarities in the topics of their coverage over time. The media system is strongly related to the policy process and it shows similar levels of skew (attention focuses on just a few topics) and friction (attention lurches rapidly from topic to topic) as others have shown for policy processes more generally. Further, media attention is significantly related to parliamentary activities. Oral questions in parliament track closely with media attention over time. Our assessment is based on a comprehensive database of all front-page stories (over 95,000 stories) in El Paı´s and El Mundo, Spain"s largest daily newspapers, and all 7,446 oral questions from 1996 to 2009. The paper shows that explanations of friction and skew in governmental activities should incorporate media dynamics as well. Political leaders are clearly sensitive to media salience.
Note: Reproducció del document publicat a: 10.1017/S0143814X12000219
It is part of: Journal of Public Policy, 2013, vol. 33, num. 1, p. 65-88
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ISSN: 0143-814X
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Dret Constitucional, Ciència Política i de l'Administració, Dret Eclesiàstic de l'Estat i Filosofia del Dret)
Articles publicats en revistes (Grup de Recerca - Analisis Comparada de l'Agenda Política)

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