Background and activities
Interests: comparative politics, election campaigns, media effects, public opinion, the relationship between media and politics, the role of stereotypes
Toril Aalberg is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU in Trondheim, She is also chair of COST Action IS1308: Populist Political Communication in Europe, a member of NEPOCS (Network of European Political Communication Scolars) and the research group EVPOC (Elections, Values and Political Communication). Toril Aalberg is the author or editor of 8 books, some in conjunction with others. These include Challenges to Representative Democracy (1999), Achieving Justice (2003), Communicating Politics (2007), How Media Inform Democracy (2012) and Populist Political Communication in Europe (2016). She has also contributed to many other books and have published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Sociological Review, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Journal of Press/Politics and the International Political Science Review. Aalbergs research Interests include comparative politics, election campaigns, how media affects public opinion, the relationship between media and politics and the role of stereotypes. She has had a number of visiting appointments including longer periods at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Trinity College Dublin, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo.
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
- (2018) Populism as an Expression of Political Communication Content and Style: A New Perspective. The International Journal of Press/Politics.
- (2018) Start Spreading the News: A Comparative Experiment on the Effects of Populist Communication on Political Engagement in Sixteen European Countries. The International Journal of Press/Politics. vol. 23 (4).
- (2017) Economic and Cultural Drivers of Immigrant Support Worldwide. British Journal of Political Science.
- (2017) Political communication in a high-choice media environment: a challenge for democracy?. Annals of the International Communication Association. vol. 41 (1).
- (2016) Wearing the veil: hijab, Islam and job qualifications as determinants of social attitudes towards immigrant women in Norway. Ethnic and Racial Studies. vol. 39 (15).
- (2016) Why Are “Others” So Polarized? Perceived Political Polarization and Media Use in 10 Countries. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. vol. 21 (5).
- (2015) Human Interest Framing of Irregular Immigration: An Empirical Study of Public Preferences for Personalized News Stories in the United States, France, and Norway. American Behavioral Scientist. vol. 59 (7).
- (2014) Who is afraid of preelection polls? How perceptions of polls influence support for polling regulations among elites. International journal of public opinion research. vol. 26 (4).
- (2014) Reconsidering ‘virtuous circle’ and ‘media malaise’ theories of the media: An 11-nation study. Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism. vol. 15 (7).
- (2014) Fra biologidiskurs til miljødiskurs? : pressedekningen av minoriteter i norske aviser fra 1902-2010. Norsk Medietidsskrift. vol. 21 (1).
- (2014) Attitudes towards Muslim Immigrants: Evidence from Survey Experiments across Four Countries. Journal of ethnic and migration studies. vol. 40 (1).
- (2014) Sources in the news: A comparative study. Journalism Studies. vol. 15 (4).
- (2013) Norway. European Journal of Political Research: Political Data Yearbook. vol. 52 (1).
- (2013) Media Choice and Informed Democracy: Toward Increasing News Consumption Gaps in Europe?. The International Journal of Press/Politics. vol. 18 (3).
- (2013) INTERNATIONAL TV NEWS, FOREIGN AFFAIRS INTEREST AND PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE: A comparative study of foreign news coverage and public opinion in 11 countries. Journalism Studies. vol. 14 (3).
- (2013) Internet Revolution Revisited: A Comparative Study of Online News. Media Culture and Society. vol. 35 (7).
- (2013) Towards a rolling news logic in fixed time bulletins? A comparative analysis of journalistic interventions in the US, UK and Norway. European Journal of Communication. vol. 29 (1).
- (2013) Do Attitudes About Immigration Predict Willingness to Admit Individual Immigrants? A Cross-National Test of the Person-Positivity Bias. Public Opinion Quarterly. vol. 77 (3).
- (2013) Online Threat, But Television is Still Dominant — A comparative study of 11 nations’ news consumption. Journalism Practice. vol. 7 (6).
- (2013) Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasters and Current Affairs Knowledge. British Journal of Political Science. vol. 43 (4).