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Department of Political Science

Political communication, identity and participation

Media and strategic political communication affect democracy and political participation in complex and dynamic ways, opening up for new identities among citizens, with focus on community, consuming public goods and/or innovative development of public organizations. In this way, citizenship develops in many directions, opening for different kinds of democratic engagement. Few citizens are engaged in political parties, a majority vote at the democratic elections and very many are engaged in social media with focus on public, political, and private matters. This opens for new social contradictions in politics, new ways for political participation and new democratic balances. The research group for political communication, participation and identities deals with these topics by focusing on:

  • Democracy
  • Citizenship
  • Political participation
  • Political communication
  • Elections and political parties
  • Identity and attitudes
  • Public opinions