Elaborating and Specifying the Information & Arena Framework
This chapter draws theoretical and empirical lessons from the book. It argues that the evidence in the different chapters clearly underscores the existence of both functions. Politicians are informed by the media, and they enter the media arena. The crucial thing is that the media use of politicians varies across politicians, across issues and, most likely, also across political systems. There is a crucial distinction between government and opposition actors. The more powerful actors can more easily enter the media arena and, at the same time, they are less dependent on the information provided by the mass media. Also, their specialization and personal attitudes and role perceptions do seem to systematically affect how politicians use the media.
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