Juho Vesa's research while affiliated with University of Helsinki and other places

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As the wealthiest groups have emerged as increasingly significant in societies, this article explores society's wealth elites from the vantage point of media and communication studies. Bridging the literature on policy advocacy and mediatisation, the article examines the hidden and public advocacy strategies of the wealthy. Drawing from 90 intervie...
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Studies explaining interest organizations’ influence typically focus on the role of groups’ structural characteristics, such as group type. However, we ask whether the boards of interest groups can also play a role in their organizations’ advocacy performance. Drawing from management scholarship, we investigate how the governance practices and char...
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A growing body of studies analyzes interest groups’ media visibility. Yet little is known about how the drivers of media access may vary across different interest group systems. This article focuses on two major mechanisms through which organizations can gain media visibility: media management efforts and the newsworthiness of elite actors. We hypo...
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Associations’ tactics of influence in the age of the internet: a latent class analysisThis article examines the use of different influence tactics, including both traditional (e.g., committee membership) and new internet-based tactics (e.g. social media) by interest groups (associations) in Finland. With interest group theory as our theoretical fra...
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The lack of ambitious climate change policies in large anglophone countries, such as the United States, has been explained by the strong media presence of denialist arguments against climate science. Such counterarguments are less visible in the news media of most European countries. Why do many of these countries nevertheless fail to enact ambitio...
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The equalization-normalization debate concerns whether the Internet equalizes politics by empowering resource-poor organizations, or whether it further strengthens the position of resource-rich organizations. We address this debate by studying how interest groups’ utilization of digital media is associated with their success in influencing news med...
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Public relations agencies are on the rise, and studies have shown that also membership-based interest groups use their services. These agencies employ public affairs consultants who help their clients influence public policy, and their use may have important consequences for interest group systems. As we know little about why interest groups use pu...
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While the Nordic countries have a tradition of integrating privileged interest groups into policy making, a number of studies have argued that this Nordic ‘routine corporatism’ has changed over the last decades. Studies of Denmark, Norway and Sweden demonstrate that interest groups are less frequently involved in committees preparing policy, that l...
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Building on theories of valuation and evaluation, we develop an analytical framework that outlines six elements of the process of consolidation of an idea in the public sphere. We then use the framework to analyse the process of consolidation of the idea of climate change mitigation between 1997 and 2013, focusing on the interplay between ecologica...
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Due to the tradition of ‘Nordic openness’, and intensified by international trends, the norm of policy-making transparency is strong in Finland. Inspired by organizational institutionalism, the present article studies what this notion of transparency means in practice. A case study of a social security reform committee is presented. The consensus-b...
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Different methods have yielded different results regarding the media’s political agenda-setting power: Time-series studies comparing agendas in the media and politics have pointed to a minimal and surveys of politicians to massive media influence. Inspired by these findings and the suggested explanations for them, this article studies in detail pol...
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Poliittisissa instituutioissa on julkisuussääntöjä eli päättäjien keskinäisiä sääntöjä siitä, miten mediajulkisuudessa saa toimia. Tällaisia sääntöjä ei ole kuitenkaan aiemmin varsinaisesti tutkittu. Ei esimerkiksi tiedetä, miten vakiintuneita julkisuussäännöt ovat ja missä määrin ne todella selittävät julkisuudessa toimimista. Artikkelissa tutkimm...
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In this article we apply Viktor Turner's ideas on liminality and social dramas to scandals involving the Finnish political and economic elites that have occurred since the early 1970s. We suggest that mediated scandals are transformative social dramas through which society's moral codes are negotiated. In Finland, scandals have increased considerab...

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... Myös aiemmassa tutkimuksessa on havaittu, että elinkeinoelämän ja institutionaalisia järjestöjä kuullaan suhteessa enemmän kuin muita järjestöjä. (Vesa & Kantola 2016) Toisaalta samasta aineistosta myöhemmin tehdyn tutkimuksen mukaan järjestön aktiivisuus eri vaikuttamisstrategioissa, ja siis myös pyrkimyksissä ottaa yhteyttä päättäjiin, selittyi sen resursseilla paremmin kuin organisaation tyypillä tai sen edustamalla intressiryhmällä (Vehka & Vesa 2020). Tämän kyselyn tulokset näyttäisivät sikäli osin eroavan aiemman tutkimuksen tuloksista. ...
... This research applies the advocacy coalition framework (ACF) to examine the dynamics of linkages and coalitions of like-minded actors who affect policymaking processes to fill this gap. Based on this view, various actors with shared beliefs and values aggregate and shape an advocacy coalition [18,19]. Such advocacy coalitions-spanning interests from industry, private firms, civil societies, and public organizations-influence rulemaking when collective actions align with shared actors' incentives and organizational capacities [20]. ...
... Unlike different forms of closed-access consultation instruments such as advisory committees, one-stop online consultation portals have the potential for ensuring higher inclusiveness and alleviating bias in the policy engagement of citizens, interest groups and various stakeholders (e.g., Quittkat 2011; Rasmussen and Carroll 2014;Bunea 2017;Roed and Hansen 2018). Some research on the use of digital tools for public engagement in policymaking point out that the low entry costs and non-hierarchical culture of digital tools may empower marginalised and resource-poor organisations and groups (van der Graaf et al. 2016;Vesa et al. 2022). On the other hand, one of the recurrent concerns in studies of public consultations at national, EU or international levels is the general dominance of business interests which are often better equipped to provide specific technical policy inputs expected by public institutions (Binderkrantz et al. 2015;Yackee 2015;Hanegraaff and Berkhout 2019;Fraussen et al. 2020). ...
... 5. Access to the media is also commonly sought by consultancies, which predominantly represent the interests of business groups and firms. They target the media when seeking to build trust for their clients, and when client organisations are recently established or are uncertain about advocacy strategies (Vesa & Karimo, 2019;Huwyler, 2020). ...
... Transparency in public consultations is also the main objective of the guidelines for legislative drafting and is emphasized in the guidelines from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) for better regulation (OECD., 2010;Finnish Council of State., 2016). Interest groups have a significant role in Scandinavian legislative politics, which has also been characterized as corporatism (Teräväinen-Litardo, 2015;Vesa et al., 2018). This can cause challenges to the transparency objectives. ...
... As Lehotský's findings (2018) for the period 1997-2015 showed, although the topic of energy was highly prevalent in the climate change media discourse, it was represented mainly through general terms and not introducing particular topics of energy transition, renewables development, or energy efficiencythus maintaining a discursive separation of the topics of climate change and coal as well as a low profile of energy industry incumbents Černý and Ocelík, 2020). Stoddart et al. (2017), Vesa et al. (2020) and Ylä-Anttila et al. (2018) identified a similar trend where incumbent actors tend to use advocacy strategies but do not seek media visibility. This is consistent also with a higher prevalence in the news coverage of international events in comparison to domestic topicsa continuous trend documented by Dvořáková-Líšková et al. (2015) in the 1997-2010 period. ...
... 4. For legal reasons, civil servants have to be more careful in this regard. This tendency was also noted by Vesa and Kananen (2014) in their interview study on Finnish civil servants, political actors and representatives of NGOs. 5. This shift has been identified as pre-and post-Watergate journalism; see Aula (1991). ...
... The Nordic expectation of openness also has demanded transparency of governance, but in practice, the demand for transparency is meant only superficially (Erkkilä 2012). Government communication includes ceremonial elements, and it is disconnected from the policy itself (Vesa 2015). Finns generally trust their authorities and argue Kääriäinen, Isotalus and Thomassen (2016). ...
... Shaw (1972) dedica-se a testar a hipótese de que a comunicação de massa seria bem sucedida em apontar a quais assuntos os cidadãos deveriam prestar atenção, em detrimento de determinar o que irão pensar sobre a questão. É importante ressaltar que a possibilidade de que houvesse uma relação entre a agenda midiática e a agenda pública já havia sido sugerida por Walter Lippmann (2008) KROLL, 2015). No caso brasileiro, há pesquisas importantes como a de Rodrigues (1997), sobre a influência da comunicação de massa na formação da agenda do Congresso Nacional. ...
... Most studies of scandals (e.g. Kantola and Vesa, 2013;Storm and Wagner, 2015) agree that they entail observations of an act of transgression and an event that signifies disruption and deviation from expectations. Thus, observing the form of a scandal as a sociological methodological approach is at the core of this analysis. ...