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Communication within the Transport Policy Media and informal political communication – a case study

Author: KLAUS KAMPS, CHRISIN BAUMERT, CHRISTOPH BORSCHEL, DAVID HÖLTGEN, and ANNA-MARIA THEIN
Published in GPS, Vol. 9 No. 1

Interest groups and other intermediate actors play a significant role in mod-ern democracies when it comes to the definition of political problems and political decision-making. Within policy-analysis approaches dominate that reduce communication onto its mass medial and public side. This article presents results of a case study about the German ,Luftverkehrsteuergesetz‘ (Air Traffic Tax Law). We link the political negotiation system and the me-dial mediation system by means of a multi-method research design. Results show that a strategic, media-based influence on political decision-makers occurs on a low level and cannot be tracked further. Possible reasons are discussed considering the background of informal communication in policy fields.

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