This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the political communication elite – high-ranking journalists, editors, politicians and their communication advisors – that shapes the content and form of political messages, news, debate and decisions in modern democracies.
Based on an innovative combination of elite theory and political communication studies, the book develops an integrated and comprehensive approach to elite cohesion in political communication, focusing on the extent and patterns of attitudinal consonance among media and political elites.
Building on unique survey data from more than 1,500 high-ranking politicians and journalists in six European countries (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, France and Spain), Eva Mayerhöffer provides unique insights into the current reality of mediatized politics, and the key players shaping it.
'Mayerhöffer’s book is a complex study of the role orientations of media and political elites in six European countries. It analyzes the impact of the political context on the degrees of distinction, cohesion and collusion among the three groups, drawing on theoretical approaches of both communications and elite research. This important book develops an innovative approach for studying the relations among elite groups that are of central importance for our modern democracies.'
Ursula Hoffmann-Lange, University of Bamberg