The press and nuclear power 1976

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Sören Holmberg - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Karl Branzén - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Jörgen Westerståhl - University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science rorId


This study was conducted in connection with the 1976 election study in order to study how the question of nuclear power has been handled by the press. Twenty daily newspapers were analysed during five weeks in the autumn 1976. The papers analysed were chosen after their political preferences in order to represent the different views of the major political parties. The study includes 2807 editorials, articles, advertisements and other materials containing views on the use of nuclear power.

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Method and outcome

Unit of analysis



Time Method

Sampling procedure

20 dagstidningar under fem veckor (16 augusti-19 september 1976). De undersökta tidningarna har inte utsetts slumpmässigt utan har medtagits för att representera de olika partiernas pressgrupper. Bland annat har de större storstadstidningarna medtagits. Allt material som berörde energi- och kärnkraftsfrågor registrerades och klassificerades.

Time period(s) investigated

1976-08-16 – 1976-09-19



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
  • Mode of collection: Compilation/Synthesis
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1976-08-16 – 1976-09-19
  • Data collector: University of Gothenburg, Department of Political Science
  • Source of the data: Communications: Public, Communications
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Political Science

Funding 1

  • Funding agency: Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation

Funding 2

  • Funding agency: Nämnden för samhällsinformation
Topic and keywords

Research area

Energy and natural resources (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Elections (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Political science (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Media (CESSDA Topic Classification)


Holmberg, S. (1978) Pressen och kärnkraften. En studie av nyhetsförmedling och debatt i 20 tidningar under 1976 års valrörelse. Report series 1978:4. Göteborg: Department of Political Science.
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Published: 1984-04-01
Last updated: 2019-02-06