Content or Money? Differences between communication policies of Dilma and Temer governments in Brazil

Emerson Urizzi Cervi Fernanda Cavassana de Carvalho About the authors

Abstract

The paper discusses different communication strategies of governments based on a specific case study: the transition between the Dilma Rousseff (PT) and Michel Temer (PMDB) governments in the presidency of Brazil. Using data from federal government´s monthly accounts, we compare the expenses of this two president’s production of contents to be broadcasted in public media, with production and payment in the commercial communication system. We propose a typology of action in relation to the communication strategies, which goes from a more passive government and it´s dependent on the private system to a more active government directed to public media. The data show that the main difference between Dilma and Temer is that the former invested more in public system, with low audience, while the latter increased spending on the traditional means of the private communication system.

Keywords
Communication politics; Federal Government; Brazil; 2016

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