Media And The Politics Of Failure / Edition 1

Media And The Politics Of Failure / Edition 1

by Laura Roselle
     
 

Great powers are not supposed to lose wars, so how do leaders explain military defeat when it happens? Media and the Politics of Failure analyzes the American experience in Vietnam and the Soviet experience in Afghanistan to draw larger conclusions about how and why political leaders explain the end of military involvement. In spite of differences in

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Overview

Great powers are not supposed to lose wars, so how do leaders explain military defeat when it happens? Media and the Politics of Failure analyzes the American experience in Vietnam and the Soviet experience in Afghanistan to draw larger conclusions about how and why political leaders explain the end of military involvement. In spite of differences in political and media systems, there are remarkable similarities between American and Soviet leaders' communication strategies. Great power identity and domestic politics shape an explanation of withdrawal that emphasizes success and invokes prestige. The factors that shape the construction of the story did not disappear with the end of the Cold War, thus this work offers important insights for current American and Russian military efforts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403975256
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Political Communication and Policy Legitimacy: Explaining Failure
• War-Waging and Reassessment: Vietnam
• Withdrawal and Aftermath: Vietnam
• War-Waging and Reassessment: Afghanistan
• Withdrawal and Aftermath: Afghanistan
• Conclusions and a Post-Cold War Assessment

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