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.

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Then Political Communication research group let by Sophie Lecheler was visited by the Science magazine of the University of Vienna - find out more...


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Sophie Lecheler has been elected into the pan-European Academy of Humanities, Letters, Law, and Sciences (Academia Europaea). Congratulations!


We are excited to welcome Sanne Kruikemeier and Xiaotong Chu, who are visiting researchers in our PolCom Team in Vienna!


Vera Axyonova, together with her colleagues Florian Kohstall and Carola Richter, published their co-edited volume open-access.


Sophie Lecheler and Jana Laura Egelhofer published their book chapter open access in "Knowledge Resistance in High-Choice Information Environments"!


Hossein Kermani published his recent work about the "examination of Rouhani’s rhetoric in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic" in the Journal of...


Svenja Schäfer, Hannah Greber, Michael Sülflow and Sophie Lecheler together published their paper "A Matter of Perspective: An Experimental Study on...


We congratulate Hannah Greber for receiving the competitive ÖAW DOC fellowship!


Svenja Schäfer, together with Nora Denner and Christian Schemer, was published in the International Journal of Communication with their article...


Sophie Lecheler and a team of colleagues published their article on the longitudinal effects of perceived political micro-targeting in the Jounral of...


In their recently published paper, Svenja Schäfer, Dominka Betakova, Loes Aaldering and Sophie Lecheler look at news avoidance during the COVID-19...