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.