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US dominance of research on political communication: a meta-view

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political communication, United States, cross-national, meta-analysis, publication bias, citation patterns

Abstract (summary)

The United States is the focal point of research on political communication. The dominance of the US scholarship is not an outcome of the efforts of a single peer reviewer, but rather an outcome of a larger system of knowledge production. Rojas and Valenzuela’s (2019) essay points out two issues related to cross-national research in political communication: how the US is treated as the “context-less” norm and how American scholarship shapes expectations for other areas of the world. Adding to this argument, I provide data about citation patterns in subfields within political communication as well as provide a summary of recent meta-analysis studies in political communication. These data affirm the US dominance in political communication scholarship.

Publication Information

Boulianne, Shelley. 2019. "US Dominance of Research on Political Communication: A Meta-View." Political Communication 36(4):660-665. doi:10.1080/10584609.2019.1670899.


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