This briefing focuses on the role of factual debate and discussion
programming on political participation. It uses data from Nepal, where
BBC Media Action's political debate programme Sajha Sawal (Common
Questions) has been broadcast nationally on radio and TV for more than
five years. While there are many studies exploring the impact of news
media (a one-way, \"monologic\" format), studies of discussion and
debate programmes (\"dialogic formats\") are much less common. There is
also a lack of evidence from developing countries; most evidence
published in peer-reviewed academic journals comes from Europe and North
America. To address both gaps, this study spoke to 4,000 Nepali citizens
to investigate whether exposure to a political debate programme could
influence political participation. The study found that exposure to
Sajha Sawal in Nepal is significantly associated with an increase in
political participation and discussion. How much a person was exposed to
Sajha Sawal was also a factor; the more exposure, the greater the level
of political participation and discussion.
This Briefing is based on the report: How do political debate
programmes influence political participation? A case study from Nepal.
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BBC Media Action. How do political debate programmes influence political participation? A case study from Nepal. Research Briefing Issue 1. BBC Media Action, UK (2013) 6 pp.