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  1. Jul 2022 Journal Article Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: NAACL 2022

    Detecting Narrative Elements in Informational Text

    Abstract

    Automatic extraction of narrative elements from text, combining narrative theories with computational models, has been receiving increasing attention over the last few years. Previous works have utilized the oral narrative theory by Labov and Waletzky to identify various narrative elements in personal stories texts. Instead, we direct our focus to informational texts

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  2. 1 Jul 2022 Journal Article Political Studies

    Revisiting Elite Perceptions as Mediator of Elite Responsiveness to Public Opinion

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    Elites forming a perception of what the public wants is an important way in which democratic representation comes about, the assumption holds. Yet very few are the studies that examine the effect of elite perceptions on politician action. This study sets out to revisit the matter, measuring actual public priorities, elite perceptions of public priorities and a wide

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  3. 11 May 2022 Journal Article Journal of Global Security Studies

    What Happens to Peace When the Process is Stalled: Competing International Approaches to the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, 1996–2021

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    Does an ongoing stalemate in a peace process affect the international agenda toward the conflict and international perceptions about policies that should be adopted to resolve it? We provide a tentative answer to this question by drawing insight from analysis of developments and trends in international media attention to key terms and concepts in the context of the

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  4. 9 Oct 2021 Journal Article New Media & Society

    Does the platform matter? Social media and COVID-19 conspiracy theory beliefs in 17 countries

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    While the role of social media in the spread of conspiracy theories has received much attention, a key deficit in previous research is the lack of distinction between different types of platforms. This study places the role of social media affordances in facilitating the spread of conspiracy beliefs at the center of its enquiry. We examine the relationship between

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  5. Oct 2021 Journal Article Digital Journalism

    Does a Crisis Change News Habits? A Comparative Study of the Effects of COVID-19 on News Media Use in 17 European Countries

    Abstract

    Exogenous shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic unleashes multiple fundamental questions about society beyond public health. Based on the classical concept of ‘need for orientation’ and the literature on the role of the media in times of crisis, we investigate to what extent the COVID-19 pandemic affected news consumption in comparative perspective. Based on a two-wave

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  6. Oct 2021 Journal Article Political Communication

    Strategy News Is Good News: How Journalistic Coverage of Politics Reduces Affective Polarization

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    What role does news content play in explaining inter-party hostility? We argue that affective polarization is influenced by exposure to one of the most dominant ways to cover politics: strategy coverage. While previous studies have pointed to the negative consequences of covering politicians’ strategies and campaign tactics, we find that this reporting style decreases

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  7. 11 May 2021 Journal Article The International Journal of Press/Politics

    Navigating High-choice European Political Information Environments: A Comparative Analysis of News User Profiles and Political Knowledge

    Abstract

    The transition from low- to high-choice media environments has had far-reaching implications for citizens’ media use and its relationship with political knowledge. However, there is still a lack of comparative research on how citizens combine the usage of different media and how that is related to political knowledge. To fill this void, we use a unique cross-national

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  8. May 2021 Journal Article European Political Science Review

    Story incentive: the effect of national stories on voter turnout

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    This article contends that an important driver of turnout is the national stories embraced by citizens. We suggest the notion of ‘story incentive,’ whereby adopting a group’s story components – those that connect the past, the future, and prominent national characters – motivates individuals to participate in that group’s political activities. Leaning on narrative

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  9. 28 Apr 2021 Preprint Social Science Research Network

    The Pitkinian Public: Representation in the Eyes of Citizens

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    What does it mean for citizens in democracies to be represented? Does it even matter? Representation theories and studies have mostly emphasized the representatives, giving only limited attention to the represented. In this paper, we address this lacuna by adopting Hanna Pitkin’s multidimensionality of representation and the act-for/stand-for tiered structure she posits

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  10. Apr 2021 Book Chapter The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society

    Political Communication and Israeli Politics

    Abstract

    This chapter presents a critical discussion of the symbiosis between media and politics in Israel. Theoretically, the Israeli media operate in a pluralistic, democratic, and advanced sociopolitical climate, but in fact most of the media suffer from fragmentation, economic instability, and heavy political pressures. These elements are reflected, for example, in homogeneous

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