Dr. Jonas Lefevere, Head of the Global Communications Dept, publishes two new studies

Dr. Jonas Lefevere, Head of the Global Communications Department, has recently published two new studies on political communication.

Co-authored with Stefaan Walgrave (Univeristy of Antwerp), the paper entitled ‘Long-term associative issue ownership change: a panel study in Belgium’ has just been published in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. In this paper, the authors develop a theoretical model to understand long term change in public perceptions of party reputations, which has been empirically tested using Belgian survey data.

This work was supported by the Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid and a free version of the article is available on Researchgate.

Dr. Lefevere’s paper entitled ‘How parties’ issue emphasis strategies vary across communication channels: The 2009 regional election campaign in Belgium’ has been published on the journal Party Politics. Co-written with Anke Tresch (University of Lausanne) and Stefaan Walgrave (University of Antwerp), this paper investigates the electoral communication strategies of political parties. More specifically, it explores how parties make decisions on which issues to emphasise and addresses the question on whether different communication channels are used for different issues.

A free version of the article is available on Researchgate.