This master’s thesis in political communication aims to compare politicians and young citizens views and wishes for what political communication should be and entail. We also wish to take a closer look at how they perceive the practises of political communication they meet in their everyday life.
To examine this, we have conducted interviews with three Danish members of Parliament and five citizens (ages 18-25), to find out how the two groups view the practises and functionality of the political communication.
In the search of a perspective on this question we theoretically look towards the German sociologist Jürgen Habermas and his ideals and theories on the public sphere, communicative action and deliberative democracy.
Furthermore, we look to the Swedish professor Peter Dahlgren in media and communication and his analytic framework Civic cultures: An Analytic Frame. Who wishes to combine political communication theory, public sphere theory and cultural theory.
By combining those two theorists’ thoughts on democracy and identity, we present our own analytic framework called public culture: an analytic frame. Our framework is strongly inspired by Dahlgren’s. We use the same five dimensions as Dahlgren: knowledge, values, trust, spaces and practises. When it comes the sixth and last dimension identities, we present it as deliberative identities. While Dahlgren’s dimension wishes to study the civic culture, we wish to study the deliberative identities when it comes to young citizens and politicians’ perspectives through practises and wishes to what political communication is and should be.
Using the analytic framework and the term deliberative identity with our empirical findings, we found that the political communication, as a part of the public culture, both has challenges but also opportunities. The challenges lie in what the young citizens describe as a bad practise where they witness a political communicative culture filled with mud-throwing, roundabout talk and a bad civil tone. The politicians also experience a bad practise in their own profession and in the media.
On the positive side we see that both the young citizens and the politicians have a somewhat developed deliberative identity, when it comes to their normative statements. Both groups wish something different from what they experience today, in terms of information, argumentation and reciprocity.
|Uddannelser||Kommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||1 jun. 2018|
- politisk kommunikation
- deliberative identiterer