Television, Democracy and Elections in Russia

Television, Democracy and Elections in Russia

by Sarah Oates
     
 

Sarah Oates gives a detailed examination on a central theme in political science: the relationship between democracy and the mass media. This significant book contains a wealth of information and data, including: public opinion surveys, content analysis of television news, focus groups and in-depth interviews to examine why political parties and the mass

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Sarah Oates gives a detailed examination on a central theme in political science: the relationship between democracy and the mass media. This significant book contains a wealth of information and data, including: public opinion surveys, content analysis of television news, focus groups and in-depth interviews to examine why political parties and the mass media failed so spectacularly to aid in the construction of a democratic system in Russia. The analysis presents compelling evidence that television helped to tune out democracy as it served as a tool for leaders rather than a conduit of information in the service of the electorate or parties. In addition, focus groups and surveys show that the Russian audience are often more comfortable with authority rather than truth in television coverage.

Within this framework, this fascinating work presents the colourful history of parties, elections and television during one of the most critical eras in Russian history and captures a particularly significant epoch in contemporary Russian politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415381345
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2From Soviet to post-Soviet media21
3"You watch in pain" : focus-group findings about television viewing44
4The rise of the broadcast party in Russia66
5The genesis of television control and content in Russian elections, 1993-689
6Consolidation of media control : the 1999 and 2000 elections112
7"No better heroes" : focus-group findings about political images, parties and voting in Russia127
8Television viewing and public opinion across Russia146
9Consolidation in Russian political communication : the 2003 Duma and 2004 presidential elections163
10Conclusions : tuning out democracy189

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