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Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy
Challenging the Primacy of Politics
Edited by Kees Brants and Katrin Voltmer
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
05 Jan 2011
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This book explores the changing relationship between politics, the media and citizens. Based on comparative evidence from the UK and the Netherlands it provides new insights into the dynamics of political communication in post-modern democracy, which is characterized by uncertainty about the location of politics and an erosion of grand narratives and political ideologies. The contributions of this volume aim to understand these changes as a two-dimensional process: the horizontal dimension encompasses the shifting power balance between politicians and the media. The vertical dimension explores how new forms of citizenship and the pervasiveness of popular culture alongside new communication technologies are challenging the authority of both established journalism and institutionalized politics. What emerges is a complex picture of politicization and de-politicization, elite dominance and the power of vox populi, mediatisation and effective control of political elites over the public agenda.


Description

This book explores the changing relationship between politics, the media and citizens. Based on comparative evidence from the UK and the Netherlands it provides new insights into the dynamics of political communication in post-modern democracy, which is characterized by uncertainty about the location of politics and an erosion of grand narratives and political ideologies. The contributions of this volume aim to understand these changes as a two-dimensional process: the horizontal dimension encompasses the shifting power balance between politicians and the media. The vertical dimension explores how new forms of citizenship and the pervasiveness of popular culture alongside new communication technologies are challenging the authority of both established journalism and institutionalized politics. What emerges is a complex picture of politicization and de-politicization, elite dominance and the power of vox populi, mediatisation and effective control of political elites over the public agenda.


Reviews

'A timely collection of essays by some of the most authoritative researchers and scholars in the field of political communication. The essays combine rigorous research on everything from advertising to reality TV, game shows and social networking with lively and accessible writing, and will be essential reading for students of political communication all over the world.'
- Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism & Communication, University of Strathclyde, UK


'The [book]is relevant and well written, and definitely has the potential to appeal to people who are not familiar with the study of political communication. The authors use popular examples to explain their points, which works to great effect ... While it will undoubtedly be useful for scholars of politics and political communication, it is also recommended to anyone interested in the intricate relationships between politics, media, and citizens.'
- Ashley Mog, LSE blog

'The book offers much that is thought-provoking for students and scholars of political communication, providing new perspectives on long-standing debates.'
- Darren G Lilleker, European Journal of Communication




Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword; J.Blumler
Introduction; K.Brants & K.Voltmer
PART I: NEW APPROACHES TO POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
Audience democracy: an emerging pattern in post-modern political communication; J.de Beus
Representation and mediated politics: representing representation in an age of iron; S.Coleman
PART II: MEDIATIZATION – THE CHANGING POWER GAME BETWEEN POLITICS AND THE MEDIA
Mediatization and news management in comparative institutional perspective; R.Brown
Spin and political publicity: Effects on news coverage and public opinion; C.de Vreese & M.Elenbaas
Changes in political news coverage: personalization, conflict and negativity in British and Dutch newspapers; R.Vliegenthart, H.G.Boomgaarden & J.W. Boumans
A changing culture of political television journalism; J.Stamper & K.Brants
A question of control: journalists and politicians in political broadcast interviews; K.Voltmer & K.Brants
The elephant trap: politicians performing in television comedy; L.van Zoonen, S.Coleman & A.Kuik
PART III: DE-CENTRALIZATION – NEW FORMS OF CITIZENSHIP AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
Political consumerism as political participation?; J.Ward
The new frontiers of journalism: citizen participation in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands; T.Bakker & C.Paterson
The new cultural cleavage: immigration and the challenge to Dutch politics and media; P.Van Praag & M.Adriaansen
The mediation of political disconnection; S.Coleman, D.Morrison & S.Yates
'Voting is easy, just press the red button': communicating politics in the age of Big Brother; V.Cardo
What's reality television got to do with it? Talking politics in the net-based public sphere; T.Graham
Afterword; J.Corner
Index


Authors



KEES BRANTS is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam's School of Communication Research, the Netherlands, and Professor of Political Communication at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has published extensively in journals and has written and edited several books, including The Media in Question (1998).
 
KATRIN VOLTMER is Senior Lecturer of Political Communication and Director of Research at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK. She has published and edited several books in German and English, including Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies (2006). Her research interests include media influences on public opinion and the policy process, the relationship between journalists and their news sources, and the role of the media in democratic transitions. Her recent book Public Policy and the Mass Media: The Interplay of Mass Communication and Political Decision Making (with Sigrid Koch-Baumgarten) was published in 2010.