The (Partisan) Role of the Press in Direct Democratic Campaigns: Evidence from a Swiss Vote on European Integration

@inproceedings{Tresch2012TheR,
  title={The (Partisan) Role of the Press in Direct Democratic Campaigns: Evidence from a Swiss Vote on European Integration},
  author={Anke Tresch},
  year={2012}
}
This article analyzes the role of the press in direct democratic campaigns. The paper argues the press has a dual role: On news pages, newspapers ought to inform citizens about the issue positions and frames of the pro and con camps in a balanced way. In editorials, newspapers act as political advocates that promote their own issue frames and try to shape public opinion through vot- ing recommendations. Comparing the issue positions and frames in editorials and news reports in the run-up to the… CONTINUE READING

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