A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies

A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies

by Pippa Norris
     
 

Is the process of political communications by the news media and by parties responsible for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle sets out to challenge the conventional wisdom that it is. Based on a comparative examination of the role of the news media and parties in postindustrial societies, this study argues that rather than mistakenly "blaming the messenger" weSee more details below

Overview

Is the process of political communications by the news media and by parties responsible for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle sets out to challenge the conventional wisdom that it is. Based on a comparative examination of the role of the news media and parties in postindustrial societies, this study argues that rather than mistakenly "blaming the messenger" we need to understand and confront more deep-rooted flaws in the systems of representative democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521790154
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Communication, Society and Politics Series
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Pt. IThe News Media and Civic Malaise
1The News Media and Democracy3
2Evaluating Media Performance22
3Understanding Political Communications36
Pt. IITrends in Political Communications
4The Decline of Newspapers?63
5The Rise (and Fall?) of the Television Age90
6The Emerging Internet Era120
7The Evolution of Campaign Communications137
8The Rise of the Postmodern Campaign?162
Pt. IIIThe Impact on Democracy
9Negative News, Negative Public?183
10Knows Little? Information and Choice208
11Cares Less? Cynical Media, Cynical Public?233
12Stays Home? Political Mobilization255
13American Exceptionalism?279
14A Virtuous Circle?309
Technical Appendix321
Notes331
Select Bibliography369
Author Index389
Subject Index392

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