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The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication

The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication

First Edition
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July 2012 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This authoritative and comprehensive survey of political communication draws together a team of the world's leading scholars to provide a state-of-the-art review that sets the agenda for future study. It is divided into five sections:

  • Part I: Explores the macro-level influences on political communication such as the media industry, new media, technology, and political systems
  • Part II: Takes a grassroots perspective of the influences of social networks – real and online - on political communication
  • Part III: Discusses methodological advances in political communication research
  • Part IV: Focuses on power and how it is conceptualized in political communication
  • Part V: Provides an international, regional, and comparative understanding of political communication in its various contexts

The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication is an essential benchmark publication for advanced students, researchers and practitioners in the fields of politics, media and communication, sociology and research methods.

Holli A. Semetko and Margaret Scammell
Introduction: The Expanding Field of Political Communication in the Era of Continuous Connectivity
Michael X. Delli Carpini
Entertainment Media and the Political Engagement of Citizens
Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart
Do Cosmopolitan Communications Threaten Traditional Moral Values?
Fred Fletcher and Mary Lynn Young
Political Communication in a Changing Media Environment
Richard Davis
Blogging and the Future of News
Rachel K. Gibson and Stephen Ward
Political Organizations and Campaigning Online
John Street
Popular Culture and Political Communication
María José Canel and Karen Sanders
Government Communication: An Emerging Field in Political Communication Research
Scott L. Althaus
What's Good and Bad in Political Communication Research? Normative Standards for Evaluating Media and Citizen Performance
Bruce Bimber
Digital Media and Citizenship
W. Lance Bennett, Deen G Freelon, Muzammil Hussain, Chris Wells
Digital Media and Youth Engagement
Stephen Coleman and Jay G. Blumler
The Internet and Citizenship: Democratic Opportunity or More of the Same?
Doris A. Graber and Gregory G. Holyk
Civic Knowledge and Audiovisual Learning
Susan A. Banducci with Elisabeth Gidengil and Joanna Everitt
Women as Political Communicators: Candidates and Campaigns
Kim L. Fridkin and Patrick J. Kenney
The Impact of Negative Campaigning on Citizens' Actions and Attitudes
Kees Aarts and Holli A. Semetko
Changes in European Public Service Broadcasting: Potential Consequences for Political Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior
Jack M. McLeod and Nam-Jin Lee
Social Networks, Public Discussion, and Civic Engagement: A Socialization Perspective
Ann N. Crigler and Marion R. Just
Measuring Affect, Emotion and Mood in Political Communication
Shanto Iyengar and Lynn Vavreck
Online Panels and the Future of Political Communication Research
William P. Eveland, Jr., Myiah J. Hutchens and Alyssa C. Morey
Social Networks and Political Knowledge
Stephen D. Reese and Jae Kook Lee
Understanding the Content of News Media
Debra Spitulnik Vidali and Mark Allen Peterson
Ethnography as Theory and Method in the Study of Political Communication
Kevin G. Barnhurst and Kelly Quinn
Political Visions: Visual Studies in Political Communication
Claes H. de Vreese and Sophie Lecheler
News Framing Research: An Overview and New Developments
Dennis Chong and James N. Druckman
Dynamics in Mass Communication Effects Research
Sean Aday, Robert M. Entman and Steven Livingston
Media, Power and U.S. Foreign Policy
Piers Robinson
News Media and War
Vanessa B Beasley
The Power of Rhetoric: Understanding Political Oratory
Jisuk Woo, Min-Gyu Kim, Joohan Kim
The Power of Everyday Conversations: Mediating the Effects of Media Use on Policy Understanding
Holli A. Semetko, Margaret Scammell and Andrew Kerner
Leaders on the Campaign Trail: The Impact of Television News on Perceptions of Party Leaders in British General Elections
Rens Vliegenthart and Stefaan Walgrave
The Interdependency of Mass Media and Social Movements
Diana Owen
Media Consolidation, Fragmentation and Selective Exposure in the US
June Woong Rhee and Eun-mee Kim
Democratization and the Changing Media Environment in South Korea
Xian Zhou
The Changing Landscape of Political Communications in China
Silvio Waisboard
Political Communication in Latin America
Hubert Tworzecki
Political Communication and Media Effects in the Context of New Democracies of East-Central Europe
Sarah Oates
Post-Soviet Political Communication
Sam Cherribi
Al-Jazeera Arabic, Transnational Identity and Influence
Christine Garlough
Grassroots Political Communication in India: Women's Movements, Vernacular Rhetoric and Street Play Performance
Ian Glenn and Robert Mattes
Political Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Paolo Mancini and Daniel C. Hallin
Some Caveats about Comparative Research in Media Studies
Richard Tait
Never Waste A Good Crisis: The British Phone Hacking Scandal and its Implications for Politics and the Press

The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication provides a much needed wide-ranging selection of articles edited by two renowned researchers in the field, Holli Semetko and Maggie Scammell, and an ace group of contributors. I was particularly impressed with the global 'feel' of the handbook, which provides insights into the field from among other areas, the emerging economic and political powerhouses of China, India, Russia, and Latin America. This book is a tour de force - a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners of political communication
Dr. Paul Baines
Reader in Marketing, Cranfield School of Management & Managing Editor, Europe, Journal of Political Marketing

This is an impressive, up-to-date collection by some of the best scholars in the field. Students and researchers will find it invaluable, as will others interested in the fast-changing world of political communication
Philip Seib
Director, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication offers an invaluable overview of the best current thinking and research in the field of political communication. As editors, Holli A. Semetko and Margaret Scammell, has brought together some of the most influential international scholars of media and politics. The result is a nicely organized and well-written handbook which will be an ideal resource not only for university students, but also for researchers and practitioners of political communication
Professor Toril Aalberg
NTNU Trondheim, Norway

The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication brings together distinguished scholars to discuss issues of continuity, change and consequence for online and offline global political communications. Semetko and Scammell have produced a significant collection which delivers argument and evidence for scholars, students and everyone who wishes to understand the rapidly changing and significant field of political communication
Bob Franklin,
Professor of Journalism Studies, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

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