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Media And Public Policy

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Political scientists and media specialists accept the commonplace assumption that the mass media have a profound and direct impact on virtually every aspect of the political process, yet remarkably few systematic studies examining the relationship between media and policy exist. Media and Public Policy brings together 15 prominent scholars who focus analytic attention on the underexamined connection between the media and public policymaking.

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Overview

Political scientists and media specialists accept the commonplace assumption that the mass media have a profound and direct impact on virtually every aspect of the political process, yet remarkably few systematic studies examining the relationship between media and policy exist. Media and Public Policy brings together 15 prominent scholars who focus analytic attention on the underexamined connection between the media and public policymaking.

Part I, which addresses theoretical perspectives, includes a chapter on media impact on the political status quo by leading expert Doris A. Graber and another on newsmaking and policymaking by Julio Borquez. Part II, Media and Domestic Policy, includes chapters on FCC decisions (Wenmouth Williams, Jr.), understanding public policy through news broadcasts (Marion Just and Ann Crigler), the role the media plays in economic development and agenda setting (Michael Hawthorne), and media and the right to privacy (Dean Alger). Jerry and Michael Medler contribute a chapter about media images as environmental policy, and Montague Kern examines the rhetoric of public policy issues in mass media elections. In the final section, Robert Sahr and Patrick O'Heffernan discuss mass media and U.S. foreign policy processes in two chapters, and Holli Semetko and Edie Goldenberg examine how AIDS reporters in several countries use the media to affect policymaking.

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ROBERT J. SPITZER is Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Cortland.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Defining the Media-Policy Link 1
Pt. I Theoretical Perspectives
2 Media Impact on the Political Status Quo: What Is the Evidence? 19
3 Newsmaking and Policymaking: Steps toward a Dialogue 31
Pt. II Media and Domestic Policy
4 Impact of Commissioner Background on FCC Decisions, 1975-1990 43
5 Bringing the Distant Close: Learning about South Africa from the News 61
6 The Media, Economic Development, and Agenda-Setting 81
7 The Media, the Right to Privacy and Judicial Policymaking: Rethinking Conceptual Foundations 101
8 Media Images as Environmental Policy 121
9 The Advertising-Driven "New" Mass Media Election and the Rhetoric of Policy Issues: The 1990 Gantt-Helms Senate Race 133
Pt. III Media and Comparative-Foreign Policy Dimensions
10 Credentialing Experts: The Climate of Opinion and Journalist Selection of Sources in Domestic and Foreign Policy 153
11 Reporting AIDS in the United States and Britain: What Reporters Know and What They Think the Public Knows 171
12 Mass Media and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Mutual Exploitation Model of Media Influence in U.S. Foreign Policy 187
References 213
Index 229
About the Contributors 233
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