Media, Power, Citizenship

The Mediatisation of Democratic Change

Katrin Voltmer, Lone Sorensen

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Abstract

The chapter investigates the concept of mediatization as a theoretical framework to understand the dynamics of democratic transitions and democratization conflicts in an era of hybrid media ecologies. Existing literature on mediatization has focused on advanced Western democracies and the transformative power that media and communication technologies have on democratic politics, assuming an increasing dominance of ‘media logic’ in the political process. Drawing on evidence from Egypt, Kenya, Serbia and South Africa, this chapter extends this debate to transitional politics, arguing that mediatization in emerging democracies is a multi-faceted and often ambiguous process that is used as a resource both for citizen empowerment and authoritarian manipulation, thus at times serving to strengthen democratic transition, at others to undermine it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change
Subtitle of host publicationCase Studies on Contested Transitions
EditorsKatrin Voltmer, Christian Christensen, Irene Neverla, Nicole Stremlau, Barbara Thomass, Nebojsa Vladisavljevic, Herman Wasserman
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter2
Pages35-58
Number of pages24
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783030167486
ISBN (Print)9783030167479, 303016747X
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Aug 2019

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Voltmer, K., & Sorensen, L. (2019). Media, Power, Citizenship: The Mediatisation of Democratic Change. In K. Voltmer, C. Christensen, I. Neverla, N. Stremlau, B. Thomass, N. Vladisavljevic, & H. Wasserman (Eds.), Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions (1 ed., pp. 35-58). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16748-6_2
Voltmer, Katrin ; Sorensen, Lone. / Media, Power, Citizenship : The Mediatisation of Democratic Change. Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. editor / Katrin Voltmer ; Christian Christensen ; Irene Neverla ; Nicole Stremlau ; Barbara Thomass ; Nebojsa Vladisavljevic ; Herman Wasserman. 1. ed. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 35-58
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Voltmer, K & Sorensen, L 2019, Media, Power, Citizenship: The Mediatisation of Democratic Change. in K Voltmer, C Christensen, I Neverla, N Stremlau, B Thomass, N Vladisavljevic & H Wasserman (eds), Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 35-58. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16748-6_2

Media, Power, Citizenship : The Mediatisation of Democratic Change. / Voltmer, Katrin; Sorensen, Lone.

Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. ed. / Katrin Voltmer; Christian Christensen; Irene Neverla; Nicole Stremlau; Barbara Thomass; Nebojsa Vladisavljevic; Herman Wasserman. 1. ed. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 35-58.

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Voltmer K, Sorensen L. Media, Power, Citizenship: The Mediatisation of Democratic Change. In Voltmer K, Christensen C, Neverla I, Stremlau N, Thomass B, Vladisavljevic N, Wasserman H, editors, Media, Communication and the Struggle for Democratic Change: Case Studies on Contested Transitions. 1 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 35-58 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16748-6_2