The article attempts to clarify, from a European and especially German perspective, how the public sphere is related to the political, to democracy and to society. Furthermore, we want to shed some light on what public means in contrast to private and secret. We try to achieve that in three steps: First, we discuss the concepts by tracing the historical development of the public in the course of European history; second, we present two models of the public sphere inspired by the so-called arena-model developed by Gerhards and Neidhardt; and third, we touch upon some consequences and implications our understanding has for strategic communication.
Bentele, G., & Nothhaft, H.
International Journal for Strategic Communication, 4 (2), 93-116.
Bentele, G., & Nothhaft, H. (2010). Strategic Communication and the Public Sphere from a European Perspective International Journal for Strategic Communication, 4(2), 93-116.