Political Communication

Political Communication, which operates at the intersection of the fields of Communication and Political Science, is concerned how political leaders and elites, organizations like news media and interest groups, and citizens exchange and interpret messages within and among each category about matters of public policy and governance. Political communication research may examine the factors influencing communication, the impact that communication has on recipients or bystanders, at many different levels of observation, including individuals, groups, and societies.  

Recent research conducted in this area by School of Communication faculty has examined:

  • Political processes in social network settings

  • The implications of political disagreement in social interaction

  • Online political communication in non-democratic or authoritarian countries

  • Media and international conflict

  • Political communication across national and cultural contexts

  • Political communication and the politics of science

  • Influence of unconscious cognitive processes on political persuasion

  • Causes and implications of selective exposure to partisan viewpoints

  • Communicative causes of affective polarization

  • The role of traditional and online media in political learning and misperceptions

  • Influence of technological change on political communication processes

  • Social movement communication

For more information about research at the School in this area, visit the OSU Communication, Opinion, and Political Studies Group blog.