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Symbiotic leader-media relations? Exploring interaction between prime ministers and the media in Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden

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How and with what consequences do political executives and media interact? This question is at the heart of our research project.

The project is carried out jointly by researchers from the universities of Södertörn, Umeå, Wrocław, Tampere, Kaunas and Helsinki. The project started in July 2014 and is funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies – Östersjöstiftelsen.

New book

Close and Distant: Political Executive–Media Relations in Four Countries

This book explores the interplay between government and media drawing on unique evidence from and in-depth analysis of four national cases: Finland, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden. Based on the chapters dedicated to each country, five additional chapters address the following cross-national themes: government communication, social media, formality/informality in journalist-source relations, mediatization of politics, and political communication culture. The result is an illuminating and original analysis of politics, political communication, media, and journalism and offers greater understanding of the realities of government – and democracy – and media in practice as well as the role of media within contemporary politics.