Background and activities
Peter Maurer (MA, Dr. phil.) is part of the research group on elections, values and political communication. He is also an affiliated member with the COST Action Populist Political Communication in Europe (Chair: Prof. Toril Aalberg). From 2011 - 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. He finished his PhD in communication science at the Faculty of Social Science of the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011 with a thesis comparing perceptions of media influence between French and German politicians.
Peter's research focuses broadly on the mediatization of politics, political journalism, and the relationship between media and politics in modern democracies. In particular, he studies the connections and interactions of political and journalistic elites. Peter is currently teaching a seminar in Political behaviour and political communication (POL 2016, POL 2009) in the BA programme Political Science.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) In the Grip of Politics? How Political Journalists in France and Germany Perceive Political Influence on Their Work. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism.
- (2017) Networking and Political Alignment as Strategies to Control the News: Interaction between Journalists and Politicians. Journalism Studies.
- (2016) A blessing or a double-edged sword? Politicians’ perceptions of newspapers’ impact on the functioning of democracy. Communications. vol. 41 (1).
- (2016) Coproduction or cooptation? Real-time spin and social media response during the 2012 French and US presidential debates. French Politics. vol. 14 (2).
- (2014) News Coverage of Politics and Conflict Levels: A cross-national study of journalists' and politicians' perceptions of two elements of mediatization. Journalism Studies. vol. 15 (3).
- (2011) Explaining perceived media influence in politics: An analysis of the interplay of context and attitudes in four European democracies. Publizistik: Vierteljahreshefte für Kommunikationsforschung. vol. 56 (1).
- (2009) Themenmanagement von politischen Sprechern und Kommunikationsberatern unter den Bedingungen der Bonner und der Berliner Republik: Ein Zeitvergleich 1994–2008. Zeitschrift für Politikberatung. vol. 2.