This area of research concerns analyses of political communications within the sphere of public communications but also the regulation of public communications by societal actors. In our political communications research, we examine structures (political systems or social change), actors (such as NGOs or bloggers), political processes (such as election campaigns) and their impacts. One of our primary goals in this area is to learn how political content in the media impacts the opinions, emotions, knowledge and participation of the population. Our media policy research is primarily focused on governance. We are interested not only in government regulation but in forms of self- and co-regulation as well. The characteristics of media organization and structures are relevant to the analysis of political communication issues.
All chair holders contribute to political communication research to varying degrees via their involvement in the NCCR. Generally, most of the work in the area is conducted by the departments «Media & Politics» (Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren), «Public Sphere & Society» (Prof. Dr. Kurt Imhof), «Media Psychology & Effects» (Prof. Dr. Werner Wirth), «International & Comparative Media Research» (Prof. Dr. Frank Esser) and «Science, Crisis & Risk Communication» (Prof. Dr. Mike Schäfer) departments. Naturally, the list also includes the NCCR assistant professor in Political Communications, a position which is currently vacant.
In the area of media policy, the primary contributors are the «Media & Politics» (Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren) and «Media Change & Innovation» (Prof. Dr. Michael Latzer) departments, the latter with a special focus on new media.