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Members of the Political Communication Research Group study the interaction between political elites, media, and citizens. We are specifically interested in understanding how and under which conditions political elites communicate with citizens, what role media organizations and journalists play in the political communication process, and how citizens process elite and journalistic communication. We use a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research methods to develop and test theories that help understand the quality of political communication in democracies today.


News & Events

18.06.2024
 

Pia Pachinger and Anna Maria Planitzer, together with their co-authors from the TU Wien and University of Zurich (Janis Goldzycher, Wojciech Kusa,...

10.06.2024
 

Vera Axyonova published her new paper "The European Union’s Normalisation Policies for Kosovo: Contributing to a Durable Peace?" in Ethnopolicies.

28.05.2024
 

Hannah Greber defended her thesis titled "Immersive Journalism - The Future of the News?" with distinction! Congratulations!

27.05.2024
 

Sophie Lecheler together with Yael de Haan and Sanne Kruikemeier published their new paper "Searching, Selecting, and Verifying: Online Journalistic...

22.05.2024
 

Vera Axyonova and Katsiaryna Lozka published their new paper "Diplomacy beyond the state: Ukrainian think tank experts as wartime diplomacy actors" in...

01.05.2024
 

Sophie Minihold and Sophie Lecheler together with their Co-Authors published the new paper "Citizens’ Acceptance of Data-Driven Political Campaigning:...

25.04.2024
 

Sophie Minihold together with her Co-Authors published the paper "Understanding Digital Campaign Competence: Conceptualizing Data-Driven Political...

23.04.2024
 

Teresa Weikmann defended her thesis titled: “Getting Real with Fakes: Characteristics and Consequences of 'Deepfakes' in Democracies” with...

15.04.2024
 

Svenja Schäfer, Dominika Betakova, and Sophie Lecheler published their new paper "Zooming in on Topics: An Investigation of the Prevalence and Motives...

19.03.2024
 

Teresa Weikmann, Hannah Greber, and Alina Nikolaou published their new paper "After Deception: How Falling for a Deepfake Affects the Way We See,...

06.02.2024
 

Vera Axyonova published her new paper "Responding to crises in authoritarian environments: Russian think tanks between policy evaluation and state...

05.02.2024
 

Dominika Betakova, Hajo Boomgaarden, Sophie Lecheler and Svenja Schäfer published their article "I Do Not (Want To) Know! The Relationship Between...