English title: Choosing Political Contents in Newspapers and Television: A cross-national comparison of preferences for information and entertainment in European nations

Author(s): Heiner Meulemann -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013


It is examined whether preferences of persons and media systems of countries determine the choice of political rather than other contents in newspapers as well as in television. On the person level, the hypotheses that preferences for information increase, and preferences for entertainment decrease, the use of political contents are tested – controlling for resources. On the country level, the hypotheses that public control increases the use of political contents as well as the effects of preferences for information on this use are proposed – controlling for media supply and wealth. Data are 69 samples from 29 countries of the European Social Survey 2002, 2004, and 2006. On the person level, preferences for information increase, but preferences for entertainment do not decrease informational media use. On the country level, the percentages of time to political contents in each medium differ only marginally between countries so that it is not worthwhile to test hypotheses on country level predictors.

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Anthology: Society and Democracy in Europe

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