The Origins and Impact of Political Framing
Edited by Brian F. Schaffner and Patrick J. Sellers
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Today’s politicians and political groups devote great attention to how their messages are conveyed. From policy debates in congress to advertising on the campaign trail, they choose which issues to emphasize and how to discuss them in the hope of affecting the opinions and evaluations of their target publics. This book brings together scholars from political science, communication, and psychology in a focused analysis of the origins and the real-world impact of framing. The authors discuss a broad range of contemporary issues from taxes and health-care to abortion, the death penalty, and the teaching of evolution. They illustrate the wide-ranging relevance of framing for many different contexts in American politics, including public opinion, the news media, election campaigning, parties, interest groups, congress, the presidency, and the judiciary.
“This exceptionally well-integrated collection of original essays sheds fresh light on the many intriguing facets of the framing paradigm. Well-known experts explain what framing means and how it operates in a variety of contexts. Their analyses cover a broad range of contemporary issues that are bound to engage and excite students and professors alike.” — Doris Graber, University of Illinois.
“Schaffner and Sellers have assembled good work from leading scholars of framing. This volume mixes theoretical insights with new findings from original research, showing the broad application of framing concepts across issues and contexts. It is a useful volume for anyone interested in how framing affects citizens.” —Bruce Bimber, University of California.
“This book collects nine original and innovative studies of framing in political communication. Every one offers intriguing data and insights that advance research and theory across several disciplines. Winning with Words is a winner.” —Robert M. Entman, George Washington University.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, by Brian F. Schaffner and Patrick J. Sellers;
Part One: Origins; 2. Framing and Value Recruitment in the Debate over Teaching Evolution, by Thomas E. Nelson, Dana E. Wittmer, and Allyson P. Shortle; 3. Partisan Framing in Legislative Debates, by Douglas B. Harris; 4. Building a Framing Campaign: Interest Groups and the Debate on Partial-birth Abortion, by Jessica C. Gerrity; 5. Mobilizing to Frame Election Campaigns, by Taylor Ansley and Patrick J. Sellers; Part Two: Impact; 6. Competing Frames in a Political Campaign, by James N. Druckman; 7. Taxing Death or Estates? When Frames Influences Citizens’ Issue Beliefs, by Brian F. Schaffner and Mary Layton Atkinson; 8. Great Communicators? The Influence of Presidential and Congressional Issue Framing on Party Identification, by Michael W. Wagner; 9. The Decline of the Death Penalty: How Media Framing Changed Capital Punishment in America, by Frank R. Baumgartner, Suzanna Linn, and Amber Boydstun; 10. Framing Research: The Next Steps, by Shanto Iyengar.
Editor Brian F. Schaffner is associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and editor of the journal, Congress & The Presidency. He is also co-author with John Bibby of Parties, Politics, and Elections in America.
Patrick J. Sellers is professor of political science at Davidson College. He is the author of Cycles of Spin: Strategic Communication in the U.S. Congress.
Propaganda and Information Warfare in the Twenty-First Century
Altered Images and Deception Operations
By Scot Macdonald
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This is the first book to analyze how the technology to alter images and rapidly distribute them can be used for propaganda and to support deception operations.
In the past, propagandists and those seeking to conduct deception operations used crude methods to alter images of real people, events and objects, which could usually be detected relatively easily. Today, however, computers allow propagandists to create any imaginable image, still or moving, with appropriate accompanying audio. Furthermore, it is becoming extremely difficult to detect that an image has been manipulated, and the Internet, television and global media make it possible to disseminate altered images around the world almost instantaneously. Given that the United States is the sole superpower, few, if any, adversaries will attempt to fight the US military conventionally on the battlefield. Therefore, adversaries will use propaganda and deception, especially altered images, in an attempt to level the battlefield or to win a war against the United States without even having to fight militarily.
For thise interested in information war, propaganda, public diplomacy and security studies in general.
Table of Contents
1. The Lying Eye: Photography, Propaganda and Deception 2. The Easiest Mark: The United States 3. Psyops: Hearts and Minds and Eyes 4. Psyops: The Un-American Weapon? 5. Deception is a Many and Varied Thing 6. How to Deceive: Principles 7. How to Deceive: Stratagems 8. The Best Deceivers: The British in World War Two 9. The Threat: Striking the Media Culture 10. Defense: The Media Culture Strikes Back Conclusion Bibliography
Political Regimes and the Media in Asia
Edited by Krishna Sen and Terence Lee
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This book analyzes the relationship between political power and the media in a range of nation states in East and Southeast Asia, focusing in particular on the place of the media in authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes. It discusses the centrality of media in sustaining repressive regimes, and the key role of the media in the transformation and collapse of such regimes. It questions in particular the widely held beliefs, that the state can have complete control over the media consumption of its citizens, that commercialization of the media necessarily leads to democratization, and that the transnational, liberal dimensions of western media are crucial for democratic movements in Asia. Countries covered include Burma, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Table of Contents
1. Mediating Political Transition in Asia Krishna Sen 2. ‘Chinese Party Publicity Inc.’ Conglomerated: The Case of the Shenzhen Press Group Chin-Chuan Lee, Zhou He and Yu Huang 3. The Curse of the Everyday: Politics of Representation and New Social Semiotics in Post-Socialist China Wanning Sun 4. The Emergence of Polyphony in Chinese Television Documentaries Yingchi Chu 5. Vietnamese Cinema in the Era of Market Liberalization Chuong-Dai Hong Vo 6. ‘Not a rice-eating robot’: Freedom to Speak in Burma Nancy Hudson-Rodd 7. Revolutionary Scripts: Shan Insurgent Media Practice at the Thai-Burma Border Jane M. Ferguson 8. Thai Media and the Thaksin Ork Pai (Get Out!) Movement Glen Lewis 9. Framing the Fight Against Terror: Order versus Liberty in Singapore and Malaysia Cherian George 10. Regime, Media and the Reconstruction of a Fragile Consensus in Malaysia Zaharom Nain 11. Gestural Politics: Mediating the ‘New’ Singapore Terence Lee 12. Media and Politics in Regional Indonesia: The Case of Manado David T. Hill 13. Out There: Citizens, Audiences and the Mediatization of the 2004 Indonesian Election Philip Kitley.
Krishna Sen holds the chair of Asian Media at Curtin University of Technology and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. She has published many books and articles on the Indonesia media, and other aspects of Indonesian culture and politics.
Terence Lee is an Associate Professor of Mass Communication in the School of Media Communication & Culture and a Research Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. He has published widely on various aspects of the media, politics and the creative industries in Singapore.
Media and Cultural Transformation in China
By Haiqing Yu
This book examines the role played by the media in China’s cultural transformation in the early years of the 21st century. In contrast to the traditional view that sees the Chinese media as nothing more than a tool of communist propaganda, it demonstrates that the media is integral to China’s changing culture in the age of globalization, whilst also being part and parcel of the State and its project of re-imagining national identity that is essential to the post-socialist reform agenda. It describes how the Party-state can effectively use media events to pull social, cultural and political resources and forces together in the name of national rejuvenation. However, it also illustrates how non-state actors can also use reporting of media events to dispute official narratives and advance their own interests and perspectives. It discusses the implications of this interplay between state and non-state actors in the Chinese media for conceptions of identity, citizenship and ethics, identifying the areas of mutual accommodation and appropriation, as well as those of conflict and contestation. It explores these themes with detailed analysis of four important ‘media spectacles’: the media events surrounding the new millennium celebrations; the news reporting of SARS; the media stories about AIDS and SARS; and the media campaign war between the Chinese state and the Falun Gong movement.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Chinese Media and Modernity 2. Media Event: The New Millennium Celebration 3. Media Stories: The Politics of AIDS and SARS 4. News Event: The SARS Reportage 5. Media Citizenship 6. Media Campaigns: The War over Falun Gong 7. Media Spectacles and Cultural Transformation
About the Author(s)
Haiqing Yu holds a PhD in cultural/media studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests focus on contemporary Chinese media culture. She now works in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of New South Wales.
International Media Communication in a Global Age
Edited by Guy Golan, Thomas Johnson, Wayne Wanta
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Guy J. Golan is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication of Seton Hall University. He completed his Masters degree in New York University and his doctorate from the University of Florida. Golan’s research focuses on international communication, political communication, media effects and social media. Prior to entering academia, Golan worked as a political campaign professional in Israel.
Wayne Wanta holds the Welch-Bridgewater chair at the Oklahoma State University. He is a former president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, which awarded him the Krieghbaum Under-40 for outstanding contributions to teaching, research and service. He has more than 150 refereed journal articles and convention papers and has lectured and delivered research presentations in 32 different countries. His research has been published in Egypt, Poland, Slovakia, Germany and Argentina. Prior to teaching at Missouri, Florida, Oregon and Southern Illinois, he received Ph.D. and master’s degrees from the University of Texas and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Thomas J. Johnson is the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor in convergent media and a professor of journalism in the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University. His research interests are public opinion and political communication research, particularly the role of new media in presidential elections. More recently, he have concentrated on how people use the Internet and its components such as blog and social network sites He has also studied what effect online media have on individuals and examined credibility of both U.S. and foreign media.
Media Events in a Global Age
Edited by Nick Couldry, Andreas Hepp, Friedrich Krotz
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We live in an age where the media is intensely global and profoundly changed by digitalization. Not only do many media events have audiences who access them online, but additionally digital media flows are generating new ways in which media events can emerge. In times of increasingly differentiated media technologies and fragmented media landscapes, the ‘eventization’ of the media is increasingly important for the marketing and everyday appreciation of popular media texts.
The essays in this collection are organised into six thematically linked sections:
- Media Events Rethought
- The History and Future of the Media Event
- Media Events in the Frame of Contemporary Social and Cultural Media Theory
- Media Events and Everyday Identities
- Media Events and Global Politics
- Media Events and Cultural Contexts
Events covered include Celebrity Big Brother, 9/11, the Iraq war and World Youth Day 2005 to give readers an understanding of the major debates in this increasingly high-profile area of media and cultural research.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Media Events in Globalized Media Cultures Andreas Hepp and Nick Couldry Part 1: Media Events Rethought 2. Beyond Media Events: Disenchantment, Derailment, Disruption Daniel Dayan 3. 'No More Peace!': How Disaster, Terror and War Have Upstaged Media Events Elihu Katz and Tamar Liebes Part 2: The History and Future of the Media Event 4. Historical Perspectives on Media Events: A Comparison of the Lisbon Earthquake in 1755 and the Tsunami Catastrophe in 2004 Jürgen Wilke 5. From Media Events to Ritual to Communicative Form Eric W. Rothenbuhler 6. Media Spectacle and Media Events: Some Critical Reflections Douglas Kellner Part 3: Media Events in the Frame of Contemporary Social and Cultural Media Theory 7. Creating a National Holiday: Media Events, Symbolic Capital and Symbolic Power Friedrich Krotz 8. Modalities of Mediation Joost van Loon 9. Media Events, Eurovision and Societal Centers Göran Bolin Part 4: Media Events and Everyday Identities 10. Permanent Turbulence and Reparatory Work: A Dramaturgical Approach to Late Modern Television Peter Csigo 11. Media Events and Gendered Identities in South Asia - Miss World Going 'Deshi' Norbert Wildermuth 12. Media Event Culture and Lifestyle Management: Observations on the Influence of Media Events on Everyday Culture Udo Göttlich Part 5: Media Events and Global Politics 13. In Pursuit of a Global Image: Media Events as Political Communication Nancy K. Rivenburgh 14. 9/11 and the Transformation of Globalized Media Events Agnieszka Stepinska 15. Eventspheres as Discursive Forms: (Re-) Negotiating the 'Mediated Center' in New Network Cultures Ingrid Volkmer and Florian Deffner Part 6: Media Events and Cultural Contexts 16. Sports Events: The Olympics in Greece Roy Panagiotopoulou 17. Performing Global 'News': Indigenizing WTO as Media Event Lisa Leung 18. Religious Media Events: The Catholic "World Youth Day" as an Example of the Mediatization and Individualization of Religion Conclusion 19. The Media Events Debate: Moving to the Next Stage Stewart M. Hooverver.
Nick Couldry is Professor of Media & Communications at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and director of its Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. Previous publications include The Place of Media Power (2000), Media Rituals (2003), and Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention (2007).
Andreas Hepp is Professor of Communications at the University of Bremen, Germany. Recent publications include the co-edited volume Connectivity, Networks and Flows: Conceptualizing Contemporary Communications (2008).
Friedrich Krotz is Professor of Social Communication and Head of the Research Centre "Communication and Digital Media" at the University of Erfurt. He is the editor of Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research.
The Changing Faces of Journalism
Tabloidization, Technology and Truthiness
By Barbie Zelizer
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The Changing Faces of Journalism: Tabloidization, Technology and Truthiness brings together an array of internationally renowned scholars who consider how contemporary journalism has wrestled with its changing parameters and how notions of tabloidization, technology and truthiness have altered our understanding of journalism. The collection is introduced with an essay by Barbie Zelizer and organized into three sections: how tabloidization affects the journalistic landscape; how technology changes what we think we know about journalism; and how ‘truthiness’ tweaks our understanding of the journalistic tradition. Short section introductions contextualise the essays and highlight the issues that they raise, creating a coherent study of journalism today.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Journalism’s Changing Faces Matter. Barbie Zelizer Part 1: On Tabloidization 1. Rethinking a Villain, Redeeming a Format: The Crisis and Cure in Tabloidization. Michael Serazio 2. Can Popularization Help the News Media?
Herbert J. Gans 3. Tears and Trauma in the News. Carolyn Kitch 4. Tabloidization: What Is It and Does It Really Matter? S. Elizabeth Bird Part 2: On Technology 5. The Impact of Technology on Journalism. Lokman Tsui 6. Materiality and Mimicry in Contemporary Journalistic Practice. Pablo Boczkowski 7. The Guardian of the Real: Journalism in the Time of the New Mind. Julianne H. Newton 8. Technology and the Individual Journalist: Agency Beyond Imitation and Change. Mark Deuze Part 3: On Truthiness 9. Rethinking Truth through Truthiness. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt 10. Two Cheers for Positivism: Factual Knowledge in the Age of Truthiness. Michael Schudson 11. The Moment of Truthiness. James Ettema 12. Believable Fictions: Redactional Culture and the Will to Truthiness. Jeffrey Jones Afterword: The Troubling Evolution of Journalism. Peter Dahlgren.
Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. A former journalist, Zelizer is known for her work in the area of journalism, culture, memory and images, particularly in times of crisis. Previous publications for Routledge include Reporting War: Journalism in Wartime (2004) and Journalism After September 11 (2002) (both co-edited with Stuart Allan) and Explorations in Communication and History (2008).
The Anti-Intellectual Presidency
The Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush
Elvin T. Lim
ISBN13: 9780195342642 ISBN10: 019534264X
Why has it been so long since an American president has effectively and consistently presented well-crafted, intellectually substantive arguments to the American public? Why have presidential utterances fallen from the rousing speeches of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, and FDR to a series of robotic repetitions of talking points and sixty-second soundbites, largely designed to obfuscate rather than illuminate?
In The Anti-Intellectual Presidency , Elvin Lim draws on interviews with more than 40 presidential speechwriters to investigate this relentless qualitative decline, over the course of 200 years, in our presidents' ability to communicate with the public. Lim argues that the ever-increasing pressure for presidents to manage public opinion and perception has created a "pathology of vacuous rhetoric and imagery" where gesture and appearance matter more than accomplishment and fact. Lim tracks the campaign to simplify presidential discourse through presidential and speechwriting decisions made from the Truman to the present administration, explaining how and why presidents have embraced anti-intellectualism and vague platitudes as a public relations strategy. Lim sees this anti-intellectual stance as a deliberate choice rather than a reflection of presidents' intellectual limitations. Only the smart, he suggests, know how to dumb down. The result, he shows, is a dangerous debasement of our political discourse and a quality of rhetoric which has been described, charitably, as "a linguistic struggle" and, perhaps more accurately, as "dogs barking idiotically through endless nights."
Political Polarization in America
Causes and Consequences
Nicol C. Rae
ISBN13: 9780195304107ISBN10: 0195304101
For over a decade, terms such as 'cultural wars', the '50-50 nation', and 'Red vs. Blue states' have suggested a high degree of political polarization in America. Similarly, news media outlets, such as Fox News and Air America Radio, are increasingly partisan in their coverage, 'narrow-casting' to two politically distinct audiences. Surprisingly, despite all the attention that has been paid to the 'war over values,' few studies have looked at evidence for or against polarization at either the elite or mass levels, and fewer still have examined the causes and motivations for this phenomenon. In Political Polarization in America, Rae presents evidence that America indeed suffers from a cultural and political divide - amongst its political elites. Radically divided public opinion leaders, including the national media, special interest groups, and the judiciary have created a political culture of extreme choices for voters. The polarization, in other words, Rae argues, is 'top-down', not, as many participating in the culture wars would have it, 'bottom-up.' Rae demonstrates how primary elections, electoral districting, the judicial and presidential nominating process, and other institutionalized facets of the American political system have also allowed powerful but unrepresentative groups to drive the American political process. Explaining how and why mass polarization is exacerbated by special interest groups who use party elites for their own purposes, this analysis explains our current unprecedented level of political conflict, confirms it, and, finally, looks at whether it will diminish or increase in the future. Rae concludes with institutional reforms that could help to bridge the ever-widening gap between the left and the right, including measures aimed at increasing the representativeness of national politics and reducing the politicization of the judiciary.
Nicol C. Rae, Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida International University.
The Obama Victory
How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election
Kate Kenski, Bruce Hardy and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
ISBN13: 9780195399554ISBN10: 0195399552
Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election will go down as one of the more pivotal in American history. Given America's legacy of racism, how could a relatively untested first-term senator with an African father defeat some of the giants of American politics?
In The Obama Victory , Kate Kenski, Bruce Hardy, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson draw upon the best voter data available, The National Annenberg Election Survey, as well as interviews with key advisors to each campaign, to illuminate how media, money, and messages shaped the 2008 election. In a crisp, incisive narrative, the authors identify the candidates' major themes--Maverick versus Mc-Same; Change versus Tax and Spend Liberal, etc.--and then apply them to the five main periods of the campaign: the early summer; the period from the vice presidential nominations through the conventions; the financial meltdown from mid-September to mid-October; the two weeks after the final debate; and the final week. Throughout, they explain how both sides worked the media to reinforce or combat images of McCain as too old and Obama as not ready; how Obama used a very effective rough-and-tumble radio and cable campaign that was largely unnoticed by the mainstream media; how the Vice Presidential nominees impacted the campaign; how McCain's age and Obama's race affected the final vote, and much more. Analyzing each nominee's broadcast, cable, and radio spending, the authors conclude that Obama's media campaign was more savvy than McCain's, and that early voting and the complete collapse of campaign finance reform will change elections for years to come.
Briskly written and filled with surprising insights, The Obama Victory goes beyond opinion to offer the most authoritative account available of precisely how and why Obama won the presidency.
Kate Kenski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arizona and was a member of the National Annenberg Election Survey team in 2000, 2004, and 2008. She has published over twenty articles in political communication and is co-author of Capturing Campaign Dynamics (OUP, 2004). Bruce Hardy is a doctoral candidate in the Annenberg School of Communication, a Senior Research Analyst in the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and a member of the 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey team. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center. She has published many books, including Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (OUP, 2008) and the award-winning Spiral of Cynicism: The Press and the Public Good (OUP, 1997), both co-authored with Joseph N. Cappella.
The Disappearing God Gap?
Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election
Corwin Smidt, Kevin den Dulk, Bryan Froehle, James Penning, Stephen Monsma and Douglas Koopman
ISBN13: 9780199734719ISBN10: 0199734712
After the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004, the ‘God Gap’ became a hotly debated political issue. Religious voters were seen as the key to Bush's victory, and Democrats began scrambling to reach out to them. Four years later, however, with the economy in a tailspin on election day, religion barely seemed to register on people's radar screens. In this book, a team of well-regarded scholars digs deeper to examine the role religion played in the 2008 campaign. They take a long view, placing the election in historical context and looking at the campaign as a whole, from the primaries through all the way through election day. At the heart of their analysis is data gleaned from a national survey conducted by the authors, in which voters were interviewed in the spring of 2008 and then re-interviewed after the election.
When the People Speak
Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation
James S. Fishkin
ISBN13: 9780199572106ISBN10: 0199572100
All over the world, democratic reforms have brought power to the people, but under conditions where the people have little opportunity to think about the power that they exercise. In this book, James Fishkin combines a new theory of democracy with actual practice and shows how an idea that harks back to ancient Athens can be used to revive our modern democracies. The book outlines deliberative democracy projects conducted by the author with various collaborators in the United States, China, Britain, Denmark, Australia, Italy, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, and in the entire European Union. These projects have resulted in the massive expansion of wind power in Texas, the building of sewage treatment plants in China, and greater mutual understanding between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The book is accompanied by a DVD of "Europe in One Room" by Emmy Award-winning documentary makers Paladin Invision. The film recounts one of the most challenging deliberative democracy efforts with a scientific sample from 27 countries speaking 21 languages.
The Role of Blogs in American Politics
ISBN 139780195373769 ISBN100195373766
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The power of political blogs in American politics is now evident to anyone who follows it. In Typing Politics , Richard Davis provides a comprehensive yet concise assessment of the growing role played by political blogs and their relationship with the mainstream media. Through a detailed content analysis of the most popular political blogs--Daily Kos, Instapundit, Michelle Malkin, and Wonkette--he shows the degree to which blogs influence the traditional news media. Specifically, he compares the content of these blogs to four leading newspapers noted for their political coverage: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal , and The Washington Times . He explains how political journalists at these papers use blogs to inform their reportage and analyzes general attitudes about the role of blogs in journalism. Drawing on a national survey of political blog readers, Davis concludes with a novel assessment of the blog audience. Compact, accessible, and well-researched, Typing Politics will be an invaluable contribution to the literature on a phenomenon that has reshaped the landscape of political communication.
The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior
Edited by Jan E. Leighley
ISBN13: 9780199235476ISBN10: 0199235473
The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics is an eight-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the current state of scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensable reference for anyone working in American politics.
This handbook offers comprehensive coverage of the various theoretical approaches to the study of American elections and political behavior. The chapters are thoughtful and creative, providing broad overviews of intellectual developments and challenges, as well as incisive commentary on the accomplishments of, and challenges facing, scholars of American politics. Substantively, the fandbook includes chapters focusing on various approaches and issues in research design, political participation, vote choice, presidential and non-presidential elections, and issues, interests and elites as influences on individuals' political behaviour. Each of the chapters offers a working research bibliography, as well as retrospective evaluations of research and discussions of fruitful paths for future research.
The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups
Edited by L. Sandy Maisel and Jeffrey M. Berry
ISBN13: 9780199542628ISBN10: 0199542627
Part of the eight-volume set refered to above. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups is a major new volume that will help scholars assess the current state of scholarship on parties and interest groups and the directions in which it needs to move. Never before has the academic literature on political parties received such an extended treatment. Twenty nine chapters critically assess both the major contributions to the literature and the ways in which it has developed. With contributions from most of the leading scholars in the field, the volume provides a definitive point of reference for all those working in and around the area. Equally important, the authors also identify areas of new and interesting research. These chapters offer a distinctive point of view, an argument about the successes and failures of past scholarship, and a set of recommendations about how future work ought to develop. This volume will help set the agenda for research on political parties and interest groups for the next decade.
General Editor for series is George C. Edwards III.