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De okända kandidaterna

Norlin, David LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Human Rights Studies
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis studies the American presidential election of 2012 and the phenomena called third party candidates. Third party is a term that refers to all other parties besides the major two in American politics. More specifically the method used is a content analysis and the analyzed material is news articles from 20 American daily newspapers. These third parties rarely get any attention and usually attract few votes even though a large number of Americans express a need for a third alternative. The thesis examines to what extent third party candidates are pictured as important political actors or as election spoilers in the news reporting. In addition the aim is also to investigate whether there is a difference between the news reporting... (More)
This thesis studies the American presidential election of 2012 and the phenomena called third party candidates. Third party is a term that refers to all other parties besides the major two in American politics. More specifically the method used is a content analysis and the analyzed material is news articles from 20 American daily newspapers. These third parties rarely get any attention and usually attract few votes even though a large number of Americans express a need for a third alternative. The thesis examines to what extent third party candidates are pictured as important political actors or as election spoilers in the news reporting. In addition the aim is also to investigate whether there is a difference between the news reporting from swing states in comparison to other states. The results show that third party candidates are more frequently pictured as spoilers than as important political actors. The research can´t prove any differences between the news reporting from swing states compared to the rest of the country. (Less)
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author
Norlin, David LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Politiker mot strömmen i det amerikanska tvåpartisystemet
course
STVK02 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
tvåpartisystem, presidentval, USA, swing states
language
Swedish
id
3629203
date added to LUP
2013-05-16 13:58:17
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:35
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  abstract     = {This thesis studies the American presidential election of 2012 and the phenomena called third party candidates. Third party is a term that refers to all other parties besides the major two in American politics. More specifically the method used is a content analysis and the analyzed material is news articles from 20 American daily newspapers. These third parties rarely get any attention and usually attract few votes even though a large number of Americans express a need for a third alternative. The thesis examines to what extent third party candidates are pictured as important political actors or as election spoilers in the news reporting. In addition the aim is also to investigate whether there is a difference between the news reporting from swing states in comparison to other states. The results show that third party candidates are more frequently pictured as spoilers than as important political actors. The research can´t prove any differences between the news reporting from swing states compared to the rest of the country.},
  author       = {Norlin, David},
  keyword      = {tvåpartisystem,presidentval,USA,swing states},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {De okända kandidaterna},
  year         = {2013},
}