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Determinants of Mediatization: An Analysis of the Adaptation of Swedish Government Agencies to News Media
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
JMG, Göteborgs universitet.
2014 (English)In: Rethinking the Mediatization of Politics / [ed] Nick Couldry, Andreas Hepp, London: ECREA , 2014, 1-32 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to explain why mediatization affects some governmental agencies more than others. An important dimension of our paper is to develop a measuring instrument for mediatization, and identify the salient driving forces behind variable levels of mediatization. To make sure that our analysis is comprehensive and productive strategy documents from all governmental agencies in Sweden (n=238) have been surveyed. 

The results show that agencies’ tendency to adapt to mediatization is mainly determined by the type management structures the agencies are set to apply. Single-director agencies and board agencies were significantly more mediatized compared to council agencies even when control variables - such as media coverage of the agencies, size, geographic location, and extend of political salience - were included in the analysis. Our results suggest that agencies - similarly to other political actors - might have substantial agency in terms of how they cope with mediatization pressures.

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London: ECREA , 2014. 1-32 p.
Keyword [en]
Mediatization, public sector, determinants, governance
National Category
Business Administration Media and Communications
Research subject
Business Studies; Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-235141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-235141DiVA: diva2:759150
ECREA TWG Mediatization Workshop
Available from: 2014-10-29 Created: 2014-10-29 Last updated: 2014-11-04

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