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The research focus of the division is characterized by theory and practice of political communication. Research on political communication deals with the conditions, contents and consequences of freely accessible public communication on all matters of public concern. It comprises mediated and direct forms of communication. The preferred object of study is the communicative dimension of the production, implementation and mediation of collectively binding decisions in the democratic community.

Our current projects are currently divided into four fields of work:

  • Fear as Content and Effect of Political Communication
  • Public Opinion Formation on the Digitalization of Politics, Economy and Everyday Life
  • Trust and Solidarity as Prerequisite for Social Cohesion
  • Political Participation through Online Media.

The members of the team are committed to an understanding of communication science as social science. Our work is based on quantitative methods of empirical social research with a focus on survey research and field experiments. A Computational Communication Science Lab (CCSL) is affiliated to the chair, in which computer-based survey methods and interactive experiments are conducted.

Selected Publication

Strebel, M., Kübler, D., Marcinkowski, F. (2018) The importance of input and output legitimacy in democratic governance. Evidence from a population-based survey experiment in four West European countries. European Journal of Political Research (https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12293)

Marcinkowski, Lünich, M., F. Starke, C. (2018). Spontaneous Trait Inferences from Candidates’ Faces: The Impact of the Face Effect on Election Outcomes in Germany. Acta Politica, 53(2), 231-247.

Hasler, K., Kübler, D., Christman, A., Marcinkowski, F. (2016). Over-responsibilised and over-blamed: elected actors in media reporting on network governance. A comparative analysis in eight European metropolitan areas. Policy & Politics, 44 (1), 135-152.

Marcinkowski, F. & Steiner, A. (2014). Mediatization and Political Autonomy: A Systems Approach. In Esser, F. & Strömbäck, J. (Hrsg.) Mediatization of Politics: Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 74-89.

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