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Comparing Political Communication : Theories, Cases, and Challenges - Frank Esser

Comparing Political Communication

Theories, Cases, and Challenges

By: Frank Esser (Editor), Barbara Pfetsch (Editor)

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This volume assesses state of the art comparative political communication research and considers potential ways in which it could and should develop. Twenty experts from Europe and the United States offer a unique and comprehensive discussion of the theories, cases, and challenges of comparative research in political communication. The first part discusses the fundamental themes, concepts and methods essential to analyze the effects of modernization and globalization of political communication. The second part offers a broad range of case studies that illustrate the enormous potential of cross-national approaches in many relevant fields of political communication. The third part paves the way for future research by describing the most promising concepts and pressing challenges of comparative political communication. This book is intended to introduce new students to a crucial, dynamic field as well as deepening advanced students' knowledge of its principles and perspectives.

'This thought-provoking collection of essays not only reminds us of the richness and diversity of research in comparative political communication but it is also a convincing argument for continuing to develop such work. But the volume contains a challenge: how does one undertake comparative political communication research in the era of globalization? This is a timely intervention in such debates and should be read by everyone interested in political communication.' Ralph M. Negrine, University of Leicester 'This book tackles the very difficult job of developing a theoretical structure to compare political and media systems not only within one country, but across countries. The editors are to be commended for offering not only a current theoretical model, but also for providing other scholars with a heuristically provocative theory that will no doubt generate much theory-driven research in the future.' Pamela J. Shoemaker, Syracuse University 'A much-needed and carefully conceptualized addition to the political communication literature [that] includes contributions by some of the most eminent scholars of this field ... It is a veritable feast for those interested in the most sophisticated thinking on this subject. Congratulations to Frank Esser and Barbara Pfetsch for bringing these minds together in one volume.' David H. Weaver, Indiana University

Introduction
Theories and Methods
Americanization, globalization, and secularization: understanding the convergence of media systems and political communication
Transnational trends in political communication: conventional views and new realities
Comparing mass communication systems: media formats, media contents, and media processes
Designs and methods of comparative political communication research
Cases
Global political communication: good governance, human development and mass communication
Local political communication: media and local publics in the age of globalization
Strategic political communication: mobilizing public opinion in 'audience democracies'
Political campaign communication: conditional convergence of modern media elections
Political communication and electronic democracy: American exceptionalism or global trend?
Political news journalists: partisanship, professionalism, and political roles in five countries
Political communication messages: pictures of our world on international television news
Political communication effects: the impact of mass media and interpersonal conversations on voting
Perspectives and Challenges
State of the art in comparative political communication research: poised for maturity?
From political culture to political communications culture: a theoretical approach to comparative analysis
Problems of comparative political communication research: culture as a key variable
Meeting the challenges of global communication and political integration: the significance of comparative research in a changing world
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ISBN: 9780521828314
ISBN-10: 0521828317
Series: Communication, Society and Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 6th September 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.81