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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Dynamics of Mediatization
Subtitle of host publicationInstitutional Change and Everyday Transformations in a Digital Age
EditorsOlivier Driessens, Goran Bolin, Andreas Hepp, Stig Hjarvard
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages175
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-62983-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-62982-7
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017


This examination of mediatization in government asks how media change impacts on central bureaucracies, and specifically on power asymmetries between the party political and administrative arms of government. This chapter examines the dynamics of mediatization in the organization and operation of government media engagement, focusing on the period after the Labour victory of 1997, and looking at the everyday practices, norms and values of UK government press officers. Using data from interviews and documentary analysis, this chapter argues that the media and political responses to 24/7 news from the late 1980s onwards, led to an intensification of the relationship between media and political elites which excluded the public and presented serious challenges for the stated democratic purposes of government. communications.

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