Quality of Political Discourse

A central research area relates to different factors, such as expert knowledge, disinformation, and toxic political talk, influencing the quality of political discourse. Specifically, we are interested in how expert knowledge influences political discourses and policy agendas. In the context of disinformation, we study how the concept of “fake news” is weaponized to discredit news media (content). Furthermore, we investigate the consequences of sophisticated visual disinformation such as deepfakes. Finally, we are interested in public perceptions and effects of “toxic” political talk and (automated) content moderation as a measure against it. 

Participating Researchers

Vera Axyonova

Anna Maria Planitzer

Andrea Stockinger

Teresa Weikmann

Recent Research