The citizen communication mediation model across countries: A multilevel mediation model of news use and discussion on political participation

Homero Gil De Zúñiga, Trevor Diehl, Brigitte Huber, James H. Liu

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Abstract

Since introduced by Professor McLeod and the Wisconsin School at the turn of the century, a large body of research has employed the communication mediation model. Yet, most of these studies rely on cross-sectional and individual-level survey data collected in the United States. This paper seeks to address these shortcomings by testing a specification of the model-the citizen communication mediation model-across cultures. Relying on panel survey data from 19 countries, this study advances a multilevel citizen communication mediation model. Our findings indicate that discussion remains a strong mediating predictor of political participation across countries and political contexts, though the relationship is moderated by macro-level repressive democratic expressive norms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-167
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume69
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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