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Celebrities in Czech politics in 1996–2013

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Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source European Journal of Communication
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Celebritization; celebrity; Czech Republic; elections; endorsement; media; political communication; politics
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Description The paper deals with the phenomenon of celebrity politics in the Czech Republic, particularly the involvement of celebrities in Czech politics between 1996 and 2013. The authors draw from the celebrity politics’ typologies of Paul ‘t Hart and Karen Tindall, and John Street. Employing a content analysis of newspaper articles from the journals MF Dnes and Blesk during the periods preceding the elections of the Chamber of Deputies, the authors shed light on celebrity involvement in Czech politics. Specifically, they trace three categories mentioned in the media: the celebrity expression of political topics in general, celebrity political endorsement and the candidacy of celebrities. Building upon the collected data, the authors interpret the results within the political and social context of the parliamentary period and indicate more general patterns of celebrity involvement in Czech politics.
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