Established in 1992, we provide the institutional focus for research on and the teaching of political communication in its different dimensions. We have a strong focus on communication’s central – and changing – role in the political process. We thereby analyse the interplay between citizens, the mass media, and politics.
We are particularly interested in understanding the conditions, contents, and effects of political communication both on a national level as well as from a comparative inter- and transnational perspective: Does the internet increase the visibility of civil society actors in the mass media and does this have a manifest effect on the political process? Under which conditions do parties campaign on Europe and how does their framing affect people’s perceptions? Why do national mass media report and comment differently across countries on common transnational political processes? These are some of the questions we investigate in our research and which we also cover in our teaching programme.
Our aim is not to merely impart knowledge of these different aspects, but to enhance students’ understanding of and critical thinking about the central role of political communication in society. The icmb is part of the Department of Social Science’s BA programme and offers a specialised BA Minor in Communication Research.
Our work is generously supported by the Friends of the Institute (fkmb).