• Political Science
  • Published 2008

Legitimizing climate policy: The "risk construct" of global climate change in the German mass media

@inproceedings{Peters2008LegitimizingCP,
  title={Legitimizing climate policy: The "risk construct" of global climate change in the German mass media},
  author={Hans Peter Peters and Harald Heinrichs},
  year={2008}
}
For at least a decade, global climate change has been a very important topic in German mass media coverage. Theories of media effects such as “cultivation” and “agenda setting” lead us to expect that climate change reporting will have an impact on the risk perception of the media audience. Furthermore, because of the medialization of politics, media reporting of climate change may be assumed to have political effects. Based on a content analysis of about 1200 media stories, the “risk construct… CONTINUE READING

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