What role does the media play in shaping political behaviour in advanced democracies?

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Department: International relations/Politics
Essay Title: What role does the media play in shaping political behaviour in advanced democracies?
Instructions:
No subheadings
no footnote
Harvard writing style.
Great deal of comparative literature (compare literature with US & UK and others)
Outline for essay
Consider the media�s effect on political elites , and the mass population (certainly), including the impact of the media on increasing levels of political information.
Also look at the complicated and complex role of mass media in the context of political behaviour
Also look at Literature that focus on how media potentially shape political action,individual political understanding ,and the collection and use of information to make political decisions.
Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone, New York: Touchstone (2000) chapter 13?Robert Huckfeldt, “The Social Communication of Political Expertise”, American Journal of Political
Science, 45:2 (2001).?Rudiger Schmitt-Beck, “Of Readers, Viewers, and Cat-dogs”, in Jan van Deth, ed, Comparative Politics.
The Problem of Equivalence, London: Routledge (1999)?Claes H de Vreese, Susan A. Banducci, Holli A. Semetko, and Hajo G. Boomgaarden, “The News Coverage
of the 2004 European Parliamentary Election Campaign in 25 Countries, European Union Politics
7:4 (2006)?Daniel C Hallin and Paolo Mancini, Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2004)?Diana C Mutz, Contextualizing Personal Experience: The Role of Mass Media, Journal of Politics 56:3
(1994)?John R Zaller, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1992)
chapters 8-10
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