The Contingency of the Mass Media's Political Agenda Setting Power: Toward a Preliminary Theory

@article{Walgrave2006TheCO,
  title={The Contingency of the Mass Media's Political Agenda Setting Power: Toward a Preliminary Theory},
  author={Stefaan Walgrave and Peter Van Aelst},
  journal={Journal of Communication},
  year={2006},
  volume={56},
  pages={88-109}
}
Recently the study of the relationship between the media and the political agenda has received growing attention of both media and political science scholars. However, these research efforts have not led to a general discussion or a real theory on the media’s political agenda setting power. This article first analytically confronts the often contradictory results of the available evidence. Then, it sketches the broad outline of a preliminary theory. Political agenda setting by the media is… 

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