Politics, media and democracy in Australia: Public and producer perceptions of the political public sphere

Politics, media and democracy in Australia

The Australian public sphere has expanded dramatically in recent times, with a proliferation of media channels, forms, and opportunities for audiences and users to access and participate in political discourse. Despite this, the Australian public is argued to be disillusioned and cynical about media coverage of politicians and the political process, undermining the democratic health of the country as it faces complex domestic and global policy challenges. This project will assess the validity of these concerns with new qualitative data about how the Australian people perceive and evaluate the performance of the political media, defined broadly to include all information and entertainment formats in which politics is covered.

Project team


Project funding

  • ARC Discovery Project (2013-2016)