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), the book provides unique insights into 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.