Presidential Elections In The Television Age

Overview

In the past several decades, the country has seen some incumbent presidents win second terms by margins previously believed to be unattainable, yet has witnessed defeats of more incumbents than at any time in our national history. These outcomes are directly related to the presence of television and to the changing nature of incumbency. The relationship between incumbency and television news reporting has replaced partisanship as the leading determinant of voter choice in presidential elections since 1960. By ...

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Overview

In the past several decades, the country has seen some incumbent presidents win second terms by margins previously believed to be unattainable, yet has witnessed defeats of more incumbents than at any time in our national history. These outcomes are directly related to the presence of television and to the changing nature of incumbency. The relationship between incumbency and television news reporting has replaced partisanship as the leading determinant of voter choice in presidential elections since 1960. By showing how various recurring patterns in televised news reporting of presidential elections and of the presidency itself have actually enhanced the reelection prospects of some incumbents while undermining others, and how these patterns have influenced the campaigns of other leading political figures, the author provides us with a new means of understanding elections to come.

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Dover (political science, Western Oregon State College) presents an alternative explanation and corresponding set of categories of recent presidential elections, taking into account the presence and effects of television and considering how that presence has enhanced the importance of candidate-centered campaigns and incumbency while reducing the influence of partisanship. He argues that certain patterns that occur in television news reporting and advertising have helped to expand the magnitude of the personality-related deviation vote. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275948405
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. DOVER is Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Administration at Western Oregon State College.

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Table of Contents

1 Presidential Elections in the Television Age 1
2 Elections with Strong Incumbents 23
3 Elections with Surrogate Incumbents 73
4 Elections with Weak Incumbents 121
5 Conclusions and Epilogue 171
Selected Bibliography 175
Index 183
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