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The Prime Minister–Media Nexus: Centralization Logic and Application
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3804-5020
2022 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book offers a systematic inquiry into how, why, and with what consequences media affects governments and the standing of prime ministers. It aims at an understanding of how media has caused institutional effects in government, as well as at advancing a unified theory of government communication. The author develops a logic of centralization and applies it to one case, Sweden. Government communication has been institutionalized, tightened and centralized with the prime minister and has changed irreversibly. Analysis of how the government communication system has evolved, mainly in its institutional structures, suggests that the shift to centralization arose more out of necessity than choice. For prime ministers most of this is about finding ways to ensure that the entire government respond to media uniformly. As governments face a set of functional demands from media, different kinds of media, uniformity has been a paramount objective. Nevertheless, this development involves shifting dynamics of intra-executive relations and a shift of power away from ministries to the prime minister’s office; the apex of political power. The prime minister has been empowered at the expense of ministers through the concentration of power and resources to the executive centre. That is partly because of media, which reinforces political hierarchies. That and the centralized control of government news in turn raises further questions about democratic governance and the nature of modern-day governing. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, 1. , p. 103
Series
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership, ISSN 2947-5821, E-ISSN 2947-583X
Keywords [en]
political communication, presidentialization of politics, prime minister, communication, politics and the media, personalization of prime ministers, prime minister, function, empowerment, institutional change, logic of centralization, media, presidentialization, adaptation, centralization, communication
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50081DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-12152-4ISBN: 978-3-031-12151-7 (print)ISBN: 978-3-031-12152-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-50081DiVA, id: diva2:1704149
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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: 2022-10-17 Created: 2022-10-17 Last updated: 2022-10-21Bibliographically approved

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