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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

25.01.2024
 

Our team member Vera Axyonova was invited to join the Editorial Board of Ethnopolitics, formerly Global Review of Ethnopolitics. Congratulations!

25.01.2024
 

Sophie Lecheler, together with her Co-Authors, published her new study "Do Online Ads Sway Voters? Understanding the Persuasiveness of Online...

24.01.2024
 

Our team member, Dominika Betakova, was interviewed by Misch Pautsch from Lëtzebuerger Journal about her dissertation topic, news avoidance. In the...

23.01.2024
 

Vera Axyonova and Tetiana Kyselova published their new article "Dialogue for peace: the production of knowledge and norms between international...

13.11.2023
 

Hannah Greber and Sophie Lecheler together with their co-authors published their new paper "Uncovering the audience perspective: A qualitative...

06.11.2023
 

Claire Roney joined the POLCOM Team as a PhD candidate. Welcome!

12.10.2023
 

Sophie Lecheler together with Xiaotong Chu, Lukas Otto, Rens Vliegenthart, Claes de Vreese, and Sanne Kruikemeier published their new article "On or...

02.10.2023
 

Melanie Haberl and Dominik Hokamp joined the new FWF project "Emotions in Political Journalism", led by Folker Hanusch and Sophie Lecheler. Welcome!

16.08.2023
 

We are excited to announce the release of the first study from Andrea Stockinger's dissertation project. This study, co-authored with Svenja Schäfer...

28.07.2023
 

Vera Axyonova and Katsiaryna Lozka published their new paper ‘We are at war’: Reflections on positionality and research as negotiation in post-2022...

11.07.2023
 

Sophie Lecheler together with Katjana Gattermann and Loes Aaldering published their new article Disinformation and the Brussels bubble: EU...

05.07.2023
 

As part of the Journalistic Role Performance (JRP) Project, led by Claudia Mellado, Sophie Lecheler has published their new paper "Comparing...