The media salience of Germany's bilateral relations to the United States, France and Britain

Oppermann, Kai and Viehrig, Henrike (2016) The media salience of Germany's bilateral relations to the United States, France and Britain. German Politics, 25 (4). pp. 439-456. ISSN 0964-4008

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Abstract

This article provides a comparative analysis of the salience of Germany’s bilateral relations to the United States, France and Britain in the German media since the end of the cold war. It offers a media content frequency analysis which identifies long-term similarities and differences in media reporting across the three relationships as well as short-term upswings of media interest in each of them individually. This is relevant because the media salience of bilateral relations is a measure of their underpinnings in public discourse and speaks to the significance of domestic drivers in conducting such relationships. The article finds that media reporting on Germany’s three bilateral relations under study has significantly increased in the post-9/11 period and that US–German and Franco–German relations attract far more attention in the German media than Anglo–German relations. Short-term upswings in media coverage are triggered by specific types of events, in particular crises in European integration and international military missions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Kai Oppermann
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2017 02:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62003

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