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Packaging Politics:Political Communications in Britain's Media Democracy2nd ed : Political Communications in Britain's Media Democracy - Bob Franklin

Packaging Politics:Political Communications in Britain's Media Democracy2nd ed

Political Communications in Britain's Media Democracy

Paperback Published: 30th January 2004
ISBN: 9780340761946
Number Of Pages: 280

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This title examines the various ways in which politicians, spin doctors and special advisers, in political parties, in central and local government and in Parliament have become increasingly enthusiastic and effective in using mass media to present and promote themselves and their policies to the public. The author argues that packaging politics has potentially troublesome implications for the political process in a democracy. Beginning with Government spin doctor Jo Moore's suggestion of September 11th, 2001 that "its a very good day to bury bad news", the author illustrates the extent to which politicians' determination to set the news agenda, to use media to inform, shape and manage public discourse about policy and politics, has become a crucial component of modern stagecraft and systems of governance. This revised, updated and authoritative study of political communications in Britain, draws on interviews with key journalists and politicians, academic studies of general elections and political marketing, as well as official reports on special advisors, Government information services, Government advertising expenditure and party election broadcasts, to examine the changing character of political communications in Britain since the election of New Labour in 1997.

List of Tables
Packaging Politics: An Overview of the Argumentp. 3
Censorship, News Management and the Lobbyp. 27
New Labour and the End of Spin?p. 54
Government Advertising: Selling Policies like Cornflakes?p. 73
Local Government Public Relations: Spinning the Local Agendap. 96
Packaging the Postmodern Electionp. 119
Local Newspapers, Local Parties and Reporting the Constituency Campaignp. 154
Parliamentary Communications: 'The Best Show in Town'?p. 179
Political Communication and Audiences: Informing or Persuading the Public?p. 205
Referencesp. 231
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780340761946
ISBN-10: 0340761946
Series: Hodder Arnold Publication
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 30th January 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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