Political Communication in America

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Overview

A valuable and sophisticated study of the nature of political communication in advanced societies.

Choice

. . . a good guidebook for political communications specialists and practitioners . . . well worth the time and effort involved in reading and absorbing it. Presidential Studies Quarterly

. . . it offers a compendium of virtually everyone, practitioners as well as scholars, who have ever written on the subject.

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This newly updated revision of a leading work provides a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the role of communication in American politics. A synthesis of some of the best writings in political communication from the fields of communication, political science, and social psychology, the book examines communication problems and processes common to political institutions and other functions of political life. This edition features completely new chapters and sections devoted to the courts and the processes unique to regional and local politics. Arguments have been condensed and made more accessible to general readers. The entire text has been updated with recent examples. Although the framework for analysis is provided by conventional categories of political activity like the Congress, the mass media, and the presidency, the essential analysis focuses on pivotal communication processes.

In Political Communication in America politics is seen as a process centered on the communication of reward and legitimacy. What most Americans know about politics has been communicated to them through their representatives, the press, and the public relations machinery prevalent at all levels of government. This study is concerned with the communication processes that can nurture or starve a nation's political life. Students of political science and communication studies will find Political Communication in America a valuable resource.

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Positing that the essence of politics is communication-- especially in the Aristotelian sense of persuasion--the authors explore how people `talk' in the context of American institutions such as campaigns, Congress, the courts, the mass media, and the presidency. Centered on ideas common to the interactionist and dramatistic perspectives, they study the role of communication in separate chapters on each institution. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Political Communication Defined 1
I Contexts 17
2 The Disenfranchised Polity 19
3 Language and Politics 35
4 The Media of Politics: News and the Political Agenda 63
II Campaigns 93
5 Campaign Planning, Management, and Strategies 95
6 Presidential Campaigns 123
7 Legislative Campaigns 167
III Governing 179
8 The Presidency 181
9 The Congress 219
10 Unofficial Washington 241
IV Meta-Politics 257
11 Litigation, Crime, and the Courts 259
12 Politics and Popular Culture 279
Selected Bibliography 293
Index 303
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