Media for Diversity and Migrant Integration

Explaining the Rise of Anti-immigrant Parties: The Role of News Media Content

TitleExplaining the Rise of Anti-immigrant Parties: The Role of News Media Content
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBoomgaarden, H. G., and R. Vliegenthart
Journal TitleElectoral Studies
Type of WorkCo-authored journal article
1) Abstract

This articles argues that there is a convergence and link between the prevalence of articles in the press about immigration and the rise in popularity of anti-immigration parties in the Netherlands. This goes against previous research which prioritised economic and immigration related factors as the main variables in support for anti-immigration parties.

2.1) Publication LanguageEnglish
2.2) Type & Structure

1. The dependent variable: support for anti-immigrant populism
2. The independent variable: why news content matters
3. Controlling for unemployment, immigration, and leadership
4. Additional factors
5. Hypotheses
6. Methods
7. Results
8. Conclusion

2.3) Original Research or Not


3.1) Main Issues

The study concentrates not on how immigration is constructed and represented in the media but rather on its salience, i.e its visibility and prominence. The authors argue that the salience of immigration within the news sets the public agenda. Further to this, voters believe that certain issues are attached to certain parties and that people are drawn to those parties which they feel will deal with a certain issue.

3.2) Media

Computer assisted content analysis of approx 158,000 articles about immigration from five Dutch national newspapers between 1990 and 2002. Salience was calculated by giving each article a visibility score

3.3) Media Genres

Newspaper articles

3.4) Key Theories

Quantitative content analysis

4.1) Relevance

Low. Although adding to our understanding of how the media can influence public opinion and discourse on immigration, it does not assist in ascertaining how any of the Dutch outlets mentioned actually framed immigration.

Keywordscontent, discourse, discrimination, language, Netherlands, representation
Tagsanti-immigrant parties, Content analysis,