RPA Communication Lecture by Prof. Christopher Wlezien

Tracking the Coverage of Public Policy

15June2018 16:00 - 17:00


This is a lecture in the RPA Communication Lecture Series, which is being given by Prof. Christopher Wlezien. Christopher Wlezien is Hogg Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds or has held positions – both permanent and visiting – at various universities in the United States and other countries, many in Europe. His primary, ongoing research develops and tests a “thermostatic” model of public opinion and policy, and his other major project assesses the evolution of voter preferences over the course of the election “timeline.” He has published numerous articles and chapters as well as a number of books, including Degrees of Democracy and Who Gets Represented?

Lecture: Tracking the Coverage of Public Policy

The nature of media coverage of public policy is of real importance for both public opinion and policy itself. It is nevertheless the case that scholars of public policy and political communication have invested rather little time in developing methods to track public policy coverage in media content. This paper offers a proposal for tracking coverage of the direction of policy change in mass media and then implements it focusing on defense spending in the US.


This lecture will take place in REC C10.20

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam
    Building B: +31 (0)20 525 5340 | Building C: +31 (0)20 525 5470

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