By Simona Bevern

Simona Bevern addresses the questions what and why political events speak within the time among elections, targeting the dynamic upward push and fall of coverage concerns. regardless of the important position of political events and the alleged significance of verbal exchange, in basic terms few students have taken a better examine the content material and dynamics of events’ verbal exchange in regimen occasions of politics. during this research, interactions among events’ conversation, their get together opponents, the legislative schedule and public opinion are studied in Germany for the years 2004–2009, utilising a unique info set and quantitative methods.

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Since a systematic evaluation of effects between different actors and issue agendas is very demanding in terms of data requirements, a single-country, quantitative case study covering a considerable time period seems to be the most adequate choice. While there are a number of countries to choose as the main focus of study, I have opted for the case of Germany for several reasons. First, Germany is a multi-party system in which political actors are the central organizing units in political life and society (Saalfeld 2003, 349).

In particular, the varying degree of competence delegation and pooling at the European level leads to the expectation that parties refer more or less to the EU, depending on the competence distribution across policy fields, a finding corroborated in various media studies (de Vreese 2001; Kevin 2003; Semetko et al. 2000; Statham and Koopmans 2009; Trenz 2004). The degree of Europeanized communication, meaning the visibility of European actors and issues in parties’ communication (Adam and Pfetsch 2009), may also depend on differences between parties and the occurrence of important events at the European level.

To name a few examples, in Western Europe, left wing parties are usually associated with positive images and a reputation of competence on welfare issues, unemployment and education while right wing parties are seen particularly strong on matters of inflation, crime and defense (Budge and Farlie 1983). Though originally developed as explanations for electoral competition and voting behavior, both ‘classic’ theories of party competition can be used to derive expectations about the communication behavior of political parties during routine times of politics.

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