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Aandacht trekken of advies verstrekken ? : De aanwezigheid van middenveldorganisaties in adviesraad- en beeldbuispolitiek

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  • Bert Fraussen orcid logo
  • Ruud Wouters orcid logo

Abstract

Advocacy groups can contribute to the public debate in many different ways. In this contribution we compare the presence of Belgian advocacy groups in two crucial arenas: the media arena and the political arena. We analyze the presence of advocacy groups in the 12 strategie advisory councils of the Flemish government (political arena) and the 19 o'clock newscasts of the most important public and commercial television stations in Flanders. We argue that while each arena has its own logic, elements of the political logic are echoed in the media logic. Our results show that access to both arenas is cumulative: the same organizations dominate both arenas. Both arenas are not perfect reflections of each other though. Organizations lacking access to the political arena can rise in the media arena by offering conflict and spectacle. However, this is the exception rather than the rule, as most 'politica! outsiders' gain little attention from journalists. We conclude that mass media tend to follow and reinforce political power, rather than offering challengers a level playing field .

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Fraussen, B. & Wouters, R., (2015) “Aandacht trekken of advies verstrekken ? : De aanwezigheid van middenveldorganisaties in adviesraad- en beeldbuispolitiek”, Res Publica 57(2), p.159-183.

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29 Mar 2015
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