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The challenges that affect political systems on a global scale are never more intertwined with the sphere of communication than the current phase. The increased overlap between media and political logic(s) has long been a characteristic feature of the trajectories of representative regimes, and suggests one of the most fruitful perspectives for examining the tensions emerging within them. The pandemic, the migration crisis, and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict have stressed democratic systems further and highlighted even more the problematic nodes of the relationship between information and dis-information. Meanwhile, by grafting on the long-standing dynamics of mediatisation of politics, technological evolution and digitization processes further reshape the new frontiers of political communications studies.
The Standing Group deals with Political Communication in its multiple dimensions, focusing both on the more traditional areas of investigation and on those focused on the new phenomena of fragmentation, decentralization and dis/re-intermediation that characterize the current phase.
In particular, the SG aims to promote scientific research and discussion among scholars on a plurality of areas including: public and institutional communication; electoral communication and campaign management; the media and political participation; the globalization of political communication; the effects of the media on citizens and public opinion; the links between political systems, democracy and the media; the relationship between politics and journalism; the role of social networks; methods and techniques of data collection and processing in communication studies; the rhetoric and narratives of politics; the personalization of politics and political leadership at different levels; the popularization of politics and celebrity politics; digital media and new forms of political action; disinformation and fake news; political incivility and hate speech; digital media governance; the challenges posed by the digitization of politics, the emergence of the ‘platform society’ and the role of artificial intelligence; digital constitutionalism.