Different Democracies, Same Media Power? (Day 2)

Day 2: Mediated political communication and campaign dynamics – power structures and governance in the US and Europe.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 06, 2008 from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



View presentations from this event:

Hans Weder, University of Zurich

Gabriele Siegert, Matthias Gerth, University of Zurich

Werner A. Meier, Pietro Rossi, University of Zurich

Robert Picard, Jonkoping University

Patrick Donges, University of Zurich

Jesper Strombaeck, Mid Sweden University


Experts from Switzerland, Europe and the US discuss their research on political communications and media democracy in this 2-day workshop. By presenting theoretical and empirical findings relating to democratic norms and practices with an emphasis on modern election campaigns, a special focus is given to the health of a democracy and the extent to which voters are willing and able to influence their society via the ballot box.

This conference is organized jointly by SwissGIS (Swiss Centre for Studies on the Global Information Society) and NCCR Democracy (National Centre of Competence in Research on Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century) to celebrate Zurich University’s 175th anniversary on the US West Coast.

Please note this is Day 2 of a 2-day event – mandatory registration is free and it is possible to register for each day separately. For Day 1 click here; for the introductory roundtable “How Do News Media impact Elections?” click here.

Download the complete conference program.


9:15 am doors open, registration

9:45 am Mediated Political Communication: Campaign Dynamics and Media Effect

The practice of political campaigning in the U.S. is regarded as the cutting edge of the electioneering industry but our panel will discuss dynamics currently found in overseas elections and take a keen interest in the players, tactics and effects of contemporary European-style campaigns. Full program
Panelists: Claes de Vreese, University of Amsterdam
Panelists: Hanspeter Kriesi, University of Zurich
Panelists: Erik Bucy, Indiana University
Panelists: Markus Prior, Princeton University
Panelists: Heinz Bonfadelli, University of Zurich

12:30 pm lunch break

2:00 pm Media Power Structures and Media Governance: Similarities and Differences between USA and Europe

The discussion will focus on the similarities and differences of media power structures and media governance on both sides of the Atlantic. What positive or negative impacts do new forms of regulation have on media actors and onpublic participation in general. Full program
Panelists: Robert B. Horowitz, UC San Diego
Panelists: Robert Picard, Joenkoeping University
Panelists: Werner A. Meier, University of Zurich
Panelists: Markus Prior, Princeton University
Panelists: Pietro Rossi, University of Zurich

6:15 pm end


Photo: Myleen Hollero