A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 M09 4 - 398 pages
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Is the process of political communications by the news media and by parties responsible for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle sets out to challenge and critique the conventional wisdom. Based on a comparative examination of the role of the news media and parties in 29 postindustrial societies, focusing in particular on Western Europe and the United States, this study argues that rather than mistakenly 'blaming the messenger' we need to understand and confront more deep-rooted flaws in systems of representative democracy.
 

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Contents

The News Media and Democracy
3
Evaluating Media Performance
22
Understanding Political Communications
36
TRENDS IN POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS
61
The Decline of Newspapers?
63
The Rise and Fall? of the Television Age
90
The Emerging Internet Era
120
The Evolution of Campaign Communications
137
Cares Less? Cynical Media Cynical Public?
233
Stays Home? Political Mobilization
255
American Exceptionalism?
279
CONCLUSIONS
307
A Virtuous Circle?
309
Technical Appendix
321
Notes
331
Select Bibliography
369

The Rise of the Postmodern Campaign?
162
THE IMPACT DEMOCRACY
181
Negative News Negative Public?
183
Knows Little? Information and Choice
208

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