Current and authoritative, from a top scholar in the field.Media Politics encourages students to take a critical look at how politicians use the media to get elected, stay in power, and achieve policy goals, and how the media influence American politics. Drawing on recent research, including the work of author Shanto Iyengar, Media Politics is the most current text for the course and takes full account of recent events. The unique, free, and open video archive featuring political ads, news stories, debates, and speeches—all keyed to the relevant discussions in the book—is the perfect supplement for this course.
Shanto Iyengar holds the Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University where he is also Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Communication Laboratory. Iyengar’s areas of expertise include the role of mass media in democratic societies, public opinion, and political psychology. Iyengar’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Hewlett Foundation. He is the recipient of several professional awards, including the Philip E. Converse Book Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in the field of public opinion, the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award, and the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University. He has authored or edited several books including News That Matters, Is Anyone Responsible? and Explorations in Political Psychology.