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Democracy, Intermediation, and Voting on Four Continents$
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Richard Gunther, Jose Ramon Montero, and Hans-Jürgen Puhle

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202836.001.0001

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The Mass Media in Third-Wave Democracies: Gravediggers or Seedsmen of Democratic Consolidation?

The Mass Media in Third-Wave Democracies: Gravediggers or Seedsmen of Democratic Consolidation?

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(p.75) 3 The Mass Media in Third-Wave Democracies: Gravediggers or Seedsmen of Democratic Consolidation?
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Democracy, Intermediation, and Voting on Four Continents
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Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck

Katrin Voltmer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202836.003.0003

This chapter discusses the stability and viability of the new democracies that emerged during the ‘third-wave’ of democratization and the role that mass media played. It tries to find evidence that the media influenced the emergence of a political culture that supported the new democracies in various stages. It presents the media policy in the third-wave democracies, including the design of the study which, in turn, includes the orientations toward political systems, media dependency and selection of countries, and patterns and backgrounds of media exposure. The chapter concludes by answering four key questions: (1) Does the media matter?; (2) Is the media gravediggers or seedsmen of democracy?; (3) Does the medium matter?; and (4) Does the context matter?

Keywords:   media, political systems, democracy, political culture, context

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