Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate / Edition 1

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Overview

Do Presidential Debates really make issues more central to the campaign, or are they merely joint press conferences in which pre-packaged slogans hold sway? This work places contemporary debates in their historical context, tracing their development in the American political tradition from the eighteenth century to the present. The authors conclude with thoughtful recommendations designed to preserve the best elements of traditional debate while adapting to the requirements of the broadcast age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195066609
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Dean of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written two other books on political discourse—Packaging the Presidency and Eloquence in an Electronic Age—and has served on the 20th-Century Fund's Taskforce on Presidential Debates. David S. Birdsell is Assistant Professor at Baruch College and consultant to the Congressional Management Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Characteristics of Prebroadcast Debates in America 17
2 The Contributions of American Debate, 1770-1920 39
3 The Limitations of American Debate, 1770-1920 64
4 The Impact of Broadcasting on Debates 84
5 The Power of Broadcast Debates 120
6 The Problems of Broadcast Debates 162
7 The Promise of Debates 194
Appendix 1 Presidential Debates, 1948-1984 223
Appendix 2 The Law and Presidential Debates 229
Notes 231
References 241
Index 259
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