Projects / Programmes source: ARRS

Mass media, public opinion and political representation

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.06.03  Social sciences  Political science  Communication science 

Code Science Field
S265  Social sciences  Press and communication sciences 
The public, public opinion, democracy, mass media, freedom of the press, public opinion polls
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (7)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  08541  PhD Sandra Bašić Hrvatin  Social sciences  Researcher  1998 - 2000  779 
2.  16116  PhD Karmen Erjavec  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  1998 - 2000  615 
3.  15000  PhD Monika Kalin Golob  Humanities  Researcher  1999 - 2000  562 
4.  07633  PhD Breda Luthar  Social sciences  Researcher  1997 - 2000  411 
5.  03661  PhD Slavko Splichal  Social sciences  Principal Researcher  1999 - 2000  701 
6.  06154  PhD Andrej Škerlep  Social sciences  Researcher  1999 - 2000  372 
7.  15809  MSc Zala Volčič  Social sciences  Researcher  1998 - 2000  199 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  39,634 
The project is focused on the fundamental contradictions that aggravate problems of definitions of, public opinion: 1. the internal, or semnatic, contradiction which is a consequence of connecting the two concepts - pluralistic ''''public'''' and individualistic ''''opinion'''', and 2. the external contradiction resulting from the relationship between the subjects of public opinion and the subjects opposing it, or between the expression and realisation of public opinion. The contradictions are examined in relation to the dominant traditions developed in the conceptualisation of public opinion: the classical liberal theory of the rule of public opinion, the libertarian theory of the tyranny of public opinion, American pragmatism and sociologization of the theory of the public, social-psychological models of public opinion, and post-modern dissertations on the ''''public sphere''''. These traditions demonstrate that public opinion is both politically relevant - since it always implies a certain relation toward the government - and politically problematic - since this relation is always historically biased. The question of the convergence of the dominant paradigms of the 20th century is, consequently, not only a question of theoretical and methodological (empirical), but also ideological compatibility of different conceptual streams.
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