Time is of the Essence: A Longitudinal Study on Business Presence in Political News in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands

Published on 2019-10-25T12:06:41Z (GMT) by
<div><p>This paper analyses the presence of interest organizations in political news in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands between 1990 and 2017. Previous research on organized interests in the media revealed (1) a <i>consistent</i> overrepresentation of business interests across countries, but (2) also that this overrepresentation has <i>decreased</i> over time in a European context. However, these studies are snapshots of interest group patterns with either cross-country or longitudinal variation, and important players such as corporations have been largely excluded by European scholars. We argue that including corporations affects previous conclusions as it reveals substantial <i>differences</i> across countries and an <i>increasing</i> role of business interests in the news. We use a data set of Dutch and British news articles, in which we identified 34,657 interest organizations. This endeavor highlights that the distribution of organized interests in the media is skewed toward business interests and has not become more diverse. This suggests that the important insider role of business interests translates to outsider venues, which tells us something about how the news media maintain these patterns through the construction of news stories. These findings interfere with ideas of representativeness and flourishing democracies with a diverse public debate in which many different voices are expressed.</p></div>

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Aizenberg, Ellis; Hanegraaff, Marcel (2019): Time is of the Essence: A Longitudinal Study on Business Presence in Political News in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4712999.v1