In the context of Thorsten Faas’ seminar on organized interests and lobbyism, Professor Thomas Leif, chief reporter at the SWR regional channel in Mainz, was our guest. He presented his documentary “Leif trifft Lobbyisten” (Leif meets Lobbyists). Lobbyism is of special interest as there are two sides of the coin. On the one hand, it is criticized that former politicians shift their careers to companies while, on the other hand, a dialogue between politicians and the affected groups is needed for successful legislation. On this basis, the issue was controversially discussed after the lecture, which was attended by around 60 people. Moreover, Leif also gave some background information on his film.
In their latest publication on political communication in social web, Daniela Hohmann and Thorsten Faas consider the question to which extent voters in the Bundestag election 2013 use facebook as a source of political information. The main focus was laid on the scope, target audience, and usage of facebook. The empirical analysis, which is based on data collected during the election campaign, shows that facebook is used as an information platform by a considerable number of voters. However, the condition remains that the information find the reader rather than the other way around.
You can find the article here (p. 221-230).
- Daniela Hohmann, Thorsten Faas: „Das weiß ich von Facebook!“ – Politische Informationspotenziale in sozialen Online-Netzwerken im Kontext der Bundestagswahl 2013, in: Der Bürger im Staat, 64, 4/2014, S. 221-230.
In his latest article, which was recently published in West European Politics, Thorsten Faas analyzes the results of the Bundestags election 2013. The article can be downloaded on the West European Politics website.
- Thorsten Faas: The German Federal Election of 2013: Merkel’s Triumph, the Disappearance of the Liberal Party, and Yet Another Grand Coalition, in: West European Politics, 38, 2015, S. 238-247.