Hello and welcome to The Political Communication Report, the newsletter for the Political Communication Divisions of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the International Communication Association (ICA)!
In this spring issue of PCR, please find:The study of societies that are experiencing significant sociopolitical upheaval and/or are characterized by social conditions that do not meet common minimum requirements of democratic governance has gained significant traction in political communciation research. Seven contributions by some of the most prolific researchers in this area highlight important contemporary advances and debates, and discuss the major challenges, issues, and future directions for political communication research in and on non-democratic and transitional contexts.
Direct links to contributions:
1. Nils B. Weidmann: Communication and Political Violence
2. Matthew A. Baum and Yuri M. Zhukov: Where You Stand Depends On Where You Sit…While Reading the Paper: Reporting Bias in Democracies and Autocracies
3. Florian Toepfl: Investigating the Management of Meaning: Forays into Russia’s Semi-Authoritarian Media Landscape
4. Baogang He: Authoritarian Deliberation: The Development of New Political Communication in China
5. Daniela Stockmann: Responsive Authoritarianism in Chinese Media and other Authoritarian Contexts
6. Margaret E. Roberts: What New Kinds of Data Can Reveal About Autocrats
7. Katrin Voltmer: Media and Democracy in Transitional Societies
This year's ICA meeting is just around the corner! It will feature an outstanding collection of political communication research including three preconferences and one postconference co-sponsored by our division. Preconferences provide opportunities to devote a half-day program of presentations to questions worked on at the frontiers of our field. In our feature the organizers of all pre- and postconferences outline the importance of their themes for political communication researchers and preview their programs for Puerto Rico.
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I hope you'll enjoy this issue of PCR!
Eike Mark Rinke