The Agenda-Setting Role of Newspapers in the UK 2017 Elections

  • Angela Phillips


In the aftermath of the 2017 election there has been speculation about the likely impact of internet news sources and social media on the turn-out and the results. Headlines in the left-leaning Guardian and Independent both suggested that the election results, with an unexpected swing away from the Conservatives, demonstrated that the Conservative tabloid press had lost its power. However a closer examination of the media coverage, alongside the specific coverage of the campaign issues and the characteristics of the turn-out for the parties, suggests that, just a year after their successful referendum campaign, it is too soon to write off the power of the Tory press.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK

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