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Centralizing Government Communication? Evidence from Finland and Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3804-5020
Tampere University, Tampere, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0736-7182
2020 (English)In: Politics and Policy, E-ISSN 1747-1346, Vol. 48, no 6, p. 1138-1160Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How governments manage their communication is one crucial indicator of the balance of power within the cabinet and inside the executive branch as a whole. Existing research offers few insights into the process by which governments come to choose one form of communication over another and about the factors driving centralization. This article addresses this gap through a comparison of two countries, Finland and Sweden, examining not only the organizational forms of government communication but also the causal mechanisms at work. Combining theoretical lessons from studies in political communication, political science, and public administration, it develops a centralization argument, focusing on the centripetal factors facilitating coordination and control. Drawing on over 40 interviews with journalists and political or media advisors in the two countries and on government documents, the article offers clear evidence of a trend toward centralization, particularly in Sweden. This trend should be understood as part of a broader process whereby prime ministers and their offices establish stronger control of the entire executive branch.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. Vol. 48, no 6, p. 1138-1160
Keywords [en]
Centralization, Government Communication, Media Advisors, Political Advisors, Press Secretaries, Prime Ministers, Finland, Sweden
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Political Science
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41687DOI: 10.1111/polp.12370ISI: 000559481300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85089391819Local ID: 1296/3.1.1/2013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-41687DiVA, id: diva2:1458522
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Symbiotic leader-media relations? Exploring interaction between prime ministers and the media in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 19/2013Available from: 2020-08-17 Created: 2020-08-17 Last updated: 2021-01-28Bibliographically approved

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