Visual Communication in Election Campaigns: An Analysis of Election Posters in the 2008 Austrian National Election Campaign

By Lore Hayek.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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In Political Communication, “paid media” is what denotes that part of campaign communication that parties can use to address their potential voters in an unmediated and controlled way. Election posters, newspaper advertisements and the like account for a major part of Austrian parties’ campaign budget. However, while a lot of content analytical research has been done on media content regarding campaigns, not a single (quantitative) study has strived to analyze the issue or campaign related content of election posters or the degree of personalization of party posters. Another important element is the consistency within a poster, regarding both textual and visual elements. The aim of this research project is to develop an analytical framework that subsequently can be adapted to analyze further campaigns and allow for effects of time and other influences.

Keywords: Political Communication, Election Campaign, Austria

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.139-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.098MB).

Lore Hayek

Junior Researcher, Austrian National Election Study, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Lore Hayek graduated from the University of Innsbruck (Political Science) and from the London School of Economics (Social Research Methods). She is currently working as a Predoc Researcher in the Austrian National Election Study at the University of Innsbruck.