The Origin of Dialogue in the News Media

  • Regula Hänggli

Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Regula Hänggli
      Pages 3-20
    3. Regula Hänggli
      Pages 21-46
    4. Regula Hänggli
      Pages 47-64
  3. Empirical Outcomes

  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Regula Hänggli
      Pages 225-239
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-283

About this book


This book develops a new theoretical framework for studying the interaction between political parties, the news media and citizens. The model addresses how political actors develop and push different arguments in a debate, how the news media select and communicate these arguments, and how they ultimately influence citizens’ democratic decisions. The author promotes dialogue as a convincing concept for analyzing the quality of public debate and advances a series of arguments for why and how this concept helps improve our understanding of key processes in democracy. Based on a detailed analysis of rich empirical data collected from referendum campaigns in Switzerland, the book is relevant beyond the specific context and applicable to election campaigns and public debates more broadly.

Regula Hänggli is a professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, specializing in political communication. She is also a member of the Center for Politics and Communication. Her work focuses on media and democracy, digitalization, and opinion formation.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Regula Hänggli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mass Media and Communication ResearchUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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