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Political Versus Media Elites In Norway

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A political earthquake of considerable magnitude occurred in Norway in early 2007, and it illustrated how relations between political and mass media elites today complicate democratic elitism. The political role mass media play in contemporary democracies is a subject of much debate. Joseph Schumpeter's theory of democratic elitism supposes that political leaders have autonomy and decisional latitude to govern in unfettered ways between elections. But in Norway today, government office-holders and all other top political leaders are subjected to close and constant surveillance by the mass media, whose operatives appear to see themselves as charged with the task of "keeping the bastards honest". Although a majority of Norway's political leaders hold negative views of the mass media, a sizable minority has high trust in the media and is not noticeably skeptical about how the media function.

Keywords: democratic elitism; mass media elites; Norway; political elites



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