Democratization in political communication Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2020

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1478-9299

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1478-9302

abstract

  • Disintermediation allows citizens to directly access political communication. The greater diversity of interactions between political actors results in increased flow of information. This causes decreased effectiveness for gatekeepers and agenda-setters (old media), and makes way for the creation of a deregulated, non-hierarchical, and borderless space, resulting in the empowerment of citizens and the democratization of political communication. This is a modernizing time that affects the development of political process and the role of different political actors. However, this transformation is shaped by bias and structural factors that limit its universalization and, apriori, encourage the emergence of a citizen elite that is capable of managing and benefiting from change.

keywords

  • political communication; disintermediation; democratization; citizenship; mediatization; political; actors