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  1. Texts 4 items
    1. An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase This book provides a comprehensive overview of most of the topics in the course. Make sure 5th ed is purchased

    2. An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase This book provides a comprehensive overview of most of the topics in the course

    3. Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase A ground-breaking study on journalists, media coverage of politics, and its effects on the audience in Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

    4. Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2013 (electronic book)

      Book Suggested for Student Purchase A ground-breaking study on journalists, media coverage of politics, and its effects on the audience in Denmark, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

  2. General Books 11 items
    1. These are useful general books, which either provide an overview of many, but not all, elements of the course, or are stimulating and thought provoking, include those listed below. Please note that I have generally not listed these books in the individual subject readings. Use these books as a collection of resources if you need to put the weekly headings in a broader context, or require inspiration for an essay.

    2. How Media Inform Democracy: a Comparative Approach - Toril Aalberg, James Curran 2013

      Book Recommended

    3. How Media Inform Democracy: A Comparative Approach - Toril Aalberg, James Curran 2012 (electronic book)

      Book Recommended

    4. The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power - Andrew Chadwick 2013

      Book Recommended

    5. The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power - Andrew Chadwick 2013 (electronic book)

      Book Recommended

    6. Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges - Frank Esser, Barbara Pfetsch 2004

      Book Recommended

    7. Comparing Political Communication: Theories, Cases, and Challenges - Frank Esser, Barbara Pfetsch 2004 (electronic book)

      Book Recommended

    8. Encyclopedia of Political Communication - Lynda Lee Kaid, Christina Holtz-Bacha c2008

      Book Recommended

    9. The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication - Holli A. Semetko, Margaret Scammell c2012

      Book Recommended

  3. Scholarly Journals 13 items
    1. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the many scholarly journals and periodicals which include material related to this course. A selection is included below. All of these are held by Royal Holloway and are also available as e-journals through the library catalogue. You can access them from any location using the "Campus Anywhere" VPN service.

    2. European Journal of Communication (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

    3. Information, Communication and Society (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

    4. International Journal of Communication - Annenberg Center for Communication (University of Southern California) 2007- (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

    5. Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism ©2000- (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

    6. Journal of Political Marketing (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

    7. New Media & Society 1999-

      Journal Recommended

    8. Party Politics - American Political Science Association. Organized Section on Political Organizations & Parties 1995- (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

    9. Political Communication c1992- (electronic resource)

      Journal Recommended

  4. Lecture 1 5 items
    Introduction to the Course
    1. To-do list

      ·         Read this reading list

      ·         Buy McNair (2011) and Albaek et al. (2014)

      ·         Read Chapter 1 of both books

      ·         Log on to the course website on Moodle, explore the resources available, and get accustomed to it.

       

    2. Core Reading 4 items
      1. Chapter 1 in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase

      2. Chapter 1 in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase

      3. Chapter 1 in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase

      4. Chapter 1 in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebtril 2013 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase

  5. Lecture 2 20 items
    Democracy and the Media
    1.  

      Seminar/essay questions

      ·         "Democracy can be defined as government by opinion." Discuss the roles of the media in light of this argument.

      ·         "Journalism is another name for democracy or, better, you cannot have journalism without democracy." Discuss.

      ·         Which role do the media perform most poorly in contemporary Western democracies? That of a public forum, a mobilizing agent, or a watchdog?

      ·         Are there trade-offs between the media's democratic roles as civic forum, mobilizing agent, and watchdog? Can the media do all these at once?

       ·         In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Discuss.

    2. Core Reading 3 items
      1. "Politics, Democracy and the Media" in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 2

      2. "Politics, Democracy and the Media" in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 2

    3. Supplementary Reading 16 items
      1. Democracy and Media Decadence - John Keane 2013

        Book Further

      2. Mass Media, Politics and Democracy - John Street 2011

        Book Further

      3. Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press - Michael Schudson 2008

        Book Further

      4. The Media and Democracy - John Keane 1991

        Book Further

      5. The Future of Democracy: a Defence of the Rules of the Game - Norberto Bobbio, Richard Bellamy 1987

        Book Further

      6. Public Opinion - Walter Lippmann 2013

        Book Further

  6. Lecture 3 23 items
    Media as Political Actors
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         "Politicians should be kept accountable by the media, but no one keeps the media accountable." Discuss.

      ·         "Not only do the media report politics; they are a crucial part of the environment in which politics is pursued." Discuss.

       ·         What are the limits of media power in contemporary democracies?

    2. Core Reading 7 items
      1. "The Political Media" in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 4

      2. "The Political Media" in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 4

      3. "The Media as Political Actors" in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 5

      4. "The Media as Political Actors" in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 5

      5. "Journalists: the People Behind the Headlines" in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 3

      6. "Journalists: the People Behind the Headline" in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebtril 2013 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 3

    3. Supplementary Reading 15 items
      1. On Media: Making Sense of Politics - Doris A Graber 2012

        Book Further

      2. News and Journalism in the UK - Brian McNair 2009 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      3. Politics and the Media in Britain - Raymond Kuhn 2007

        Book Further

  7. Lecture 4 21 items
    Political News
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         "News does not exist as such. It is always the outcome of social construction." Discuss.

      ·         Are journalists and politicians on the same side?

      ·         Are political and media elites the sole arbiters of what becomes news?

      ·         Why are there tensions in the relationship between politicians and the media?

      ·         Is the content of political news in the UK consistent with the needs of informed democratic citizenship?

       ·         Have changes brought about by the internet affected the relationship between journalists and politicians?

    2. Core Reading 5 items
      1. "Do Role Conceptions Matter?" in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Albækreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 5

      2. "Do Role Conceptions Matter?" in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2013 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 5

    3. Supplementary Reading 15 items
      1. The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power - Andrew Chadwick 2013 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      2. The Handbook of Election News Coverage Around the World - Jesper Strömbäck, Lynda Lee Kaid 2008

        Book Further

  8. Lecture 5 20 items
    News Management and Political Public Relations
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Are political public relations a form of manipulation or the only effective way to inform the public?

      ·         Is it fair for government to use taxpayers' money to communicate what it is doing in a way that is intended to boost its popularity?

      ·         "The media impression is as important, if not more important, than the reality of the daily business of government." Discuss.

      ·         Does politicians' use of public relations techniques make it easier or harder for journalists to do their jobs?

      ·         "What government chooses to tell us through its public relations machine is one thing; the information in use by participants in the country's real government is another." Discuss.

       ·         Who benefits the most from the changes in news production and the development of political public relations? Politicians, journalists, interest groups, or citizens?

    2. Core Reading 6 items
      1. “Journalists and Politicians: A Troubled Relationship?” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Albækreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 4

      2. “Journalists and Politicians: A Troubled Relationship?” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2013 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 4

    3. Supplementary Reading 13 items
      1. Political public relations: principles and applications - Jesper Strömbäck, Spiro Kiousis 2011

        Book Further

      2. Political Public Relations: Principles and Applications - Jesper Stromback, Spiro Kiousis 2011 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      3. The Permanent Campaign and its Future - Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann 2000

        Book Further

  9. Lecture 6 28 items
    The Audience for Political News
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         "In a market-based environment, the media should not be blamed for giving the people what they want." Discuss.

      ·         Is the "fully informed citizen" a sustainable model for how contemporary citizens should get their political information?

      ·         Are citizens better off now that they can choose which news they get and which ones they avoid?

       ·         Is the fragmentation of media audiences positive or negative for democracies?

    2. Core Reading 4 items
      1. "A New Standard of News Quality: Burglar Alarms for the Monitorial Citizen" in Political Communication - J Zaller 2003

        Article Essential See also the responses by Bennett, Graber and Patterson in the same journal issue

      2. Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase Read Chapters 6 (“What Type of Journalism Produces Public Knowledge?”) and 7 (“Does Infotainment Journalism Lead to Political Cynicism?”).

      3. Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albæk, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2013 (electronic book)

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase Read Chapters 6 (“What Type of Journalism Produces Public Knowledge?”) and 7 (“Does Infotainment Journalism Lead to Political Cynicism?”).

    3. Supplementary Reading 23 items
      1. Reuters Institute Digital News Report - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 2015

        Website Further

      2. Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report 2015 - UK office of Communications 2015

        Webpage Further

      3. Not All News Sources Are Equally Informative - Marta Fraile, Shanto Iyengar 2014

        Article Further

      4. News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century - David Tewksbury, Jason Rittenberg 2012

        Book Further

      5. News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century - David Tewksbury, Jason Rittenberg 2012 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      6. Media Consumption and Public Engagement: Beyond the Presumption of Attention - Nick Couldry, Sonia M. Livingstone, Tim Markham 2007

        Book Further

  10. Lecture 7 25 items
    Comparing Media Systems I: Features and Models
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Is there still a role for public service broadcasting in the contemporary media ecology?

      ·         Can Hallin and Mancini's models of media-politics relationships really "travel" beyond the Western world?

      ·         Is it accurate to classify the media systems in the US and the UK in the same category?

      ·         Does the Liberal model of journalism always produce desirable outcomes from the standpoint of democracy?

      ·         Has the media's protracted business crisis jeopardized their role in democracy?

    2. Core Reading 5 items
      1. Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics - Daniel C. Hallin, Paolo Mancini 2004

        Book Essential

      2. Western Media Systems - Jonathan Hardy 2008

        Book Essential Read Chapter 2 (“Media System Evolution”).

      3. Western media systems - Jonathan Hardy 2008 (electronic book)

        Book Essential Read Chapter 2 (“Media System Evolution”).

      4. “Comparing Political Journalism” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Read Chapter 2 (“Comparing Political Journalism”).

      5. “Comparing Political Journalism” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erk Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2014 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 2 (“Comparing Political Journalism”).

    3. Supplementary Reading 19 items
      1. "Public Service Media and Exposure Diversity" in International Journal of Communication - N Helberger, M Burri 2015

        Article Further vol. 9, special section, all articles.

      2. European Media: Structures, Policies and Identity - S. Papathanassopoulos, Ralph M. Negrine 2011

        Book Further

      3. The Media in Transitional Democracies - Katrin Voltmer 2013

        Book Further

      4. Comparing Media Systems Beyond the Western World - Daniel C. Hallin, Paolo Mancini 2012

        Book Further

      5. Comparing Media Systems Beyond the Western World - Daniel C. Hallin, Paolo Mancini 2012 (electronic book)

        Book Further

  11. Lecture 8 24 items
    Comparing Media Systems II: Differences that Make a Difference
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Does the presence of a strong public service broadcaster affect media's ability to perform as civic forums, mobilizing agents, and watchdogs?

      ·         How does political parallelism affect the media's ability to perform as civic forums, mobilizing agents, and watchdogs?

       

      ·         Why do journalists in different media systems portray the same issues differently?

    2. Core Reading 3 items
    3. Supplementary Reading 20 items
      1. Republic.com 2.0 - Cass R. Sunstein 2007

        Book Further

      2. Democracy and the Media: a Comparative Perspective - Richard Gunther, Anthony Mughan 2000

        Book Further

  12. Lecture 9 20 items
    Journalistic Objectivity and its Discourse
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Why is political news biased?

      ·         Is bias inevitable in political news?

      ·         Is journalistic objectivity a universal value?

      ·         Should journalists working for public service media be held to different ethical standards than journalists working for commercial enterprises?

                Should those who post and circulate news on the web and on social media be as objective as professional journalists?

    2. Core Reading 5 items
      1. “Good Journalism, Satisfied Citizens?” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 8

      2. “Good Journalism, Satisfied Citizens?” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erk Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2014 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 8

    3. Supplementary Reading 14 items
      1. When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media From Iraq to Katrina - W. Lance Bennett, Regina G. Lawrence, Steven Livingston 2008

        Book Further

      2. The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics - Lee Wilkins, Clifford G. Christians 2009

        Book Further

  13. Lecture 10 24 items
    Popular Politics and Intimate Politics
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         What do citizens gain and what do they lose from the popularization of politics?

      ·         What do politicians gain and what do they lose from the popularization of politics?

      ·         Does it still make sense to differentiate between "elite" and "popular" media?

      ·         How does politicians' use of social media contribute to the popularization and intimization of politics?

      ·         Can "fake news" constitute a form of journalism?

      ·         Should we be worried about the "dumbing down" of politics in contemporary political communication?

       ·         "If a politician courts publicity he or she cannot complain about negative exposure when it arises." Discuss.

    2. Core Reading 3 items
    3. Supplementary Reading 20 items
      1. Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era - Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey P. Jones, Ethan Thompson 2009

        Book Further

  14. Lecture 11 30 items
    Strategy in Election Campaigns
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Has political marketing improved the ways in which politicians engage with voters?

      ·         Is it appropriate for politicians to treat citizens as consumers?

      ·         To what extent can campaign strategies affect the ways in which campaigns unfold?

      ·         What factors can derail even the smartest political strategy?

    2. Core Reading 5 items
      1. "Who Will Vote for You and Why: Designing Strategy and Theme" in Campaigns and Elections American Style - Joel Bradshaw 2009

        Chapter Essential Chapter 3. This chapter is in the 3rd edition of the book, and not the 4th edition.

    3. Supplementary Reading 24 items
      1. Consumer Democracy: the Marketing of Politics - Margaret Scammell 2014

        Book Further

      2. Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing - Jennifer Lees-Marshment 2012

        Book Further

      3. Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing - Jennifer Lees-Marshment 2012 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      4. Global Political Marketing - Jennifer Lees-Marshment, Jesper Strömbäck, Chris Rudd 2010

        Book Further

      5. "Candidate Strategies to Prime Issues and Image" in the Journal of Politics - JN Druckman, LR Jacobs, E Ostermeier 2004

        Article Further

      6. Campaign Warriors: the Role of Political Consultants in Elections - James A. Thurber, Candice J. Nelson 2000

        Book Further

      7. Designer Politics: How Elections are Won - Margaret Scammell 1995

        Book Further

  15. Lecture 12 38 items
    Organization, Technology and Resources in Election Campaigns
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's campaign manager Jim Farley once said, "I know half the money I spend is wasted. I just don't know which half." Discuss.

      ·         How can campaigns employ volunteers and supporters effectively?

      ·         Has the internet changed the way election campaigns are conducted?

       ·         How do campaigns integrate digital media with traditional tools of voter contact and engagement?

    2. Core Reading 5 items
    3. Supplementary Reading 32 items
      1. Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age - Jennifer Stromer-Galley 2014

        Book Further

      2. Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age - Jennifer Stromer-Galley 2013 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      3. Social Networking Popular Across Globe - Pew Global Attitudes Project 2012

        Webpage Further

      4. Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout - Donald P. Green, Alan S. Gerber 2008

        Book Further

      5. Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout - Donald P. Green, Alan S. Gerber 2008 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      6. Campaigning Online: the Internet in U.S. Elections - Bruce Bimber, Richard Davis 2003

        Book Further

      7. Campaigning Online: the Internet in U.S. Elections - Bruce A. Bimber, Richard Davis 2003 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      8. Political Parties and the Internet: Net Gain? - Rachel Gibson, Paul Nixon, Stephen Ward 2003

        Book Further

      9. Political Parties and the Internet: Net Gain? - Rachel Kay Gibson, Paul Nixon, Stephen Ward 2003 (electronic book)

        Book Further

  16. Lecture 13 13 items
    The Politics of Data and the Data of Politics
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      • Why are personal data useful to campaign organizations?

      • What kinds of personal data can be useful for voter persuasion?

      • Does the availability of personal data change the ways in which campaigns are run?

      • What kinds of personal data should political actors not be allowed to use?

      • Are concerns with politicians' use of personal data overhyped?

    2. Core Reading 4 items
      1. Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters - Eitan Hersh 2015

        Book Essential Read Chapter 9 (“Conclusion”).

      2. Prototype Politics: Technology-Intense Campaigning and the Data of Democracy - Daniel Kreiss 2016

        Book Essential Read chapter 7 (“The Dynamics of Technology- Intensive Campaigning”).

      3. Prototype Politics: Technology-Intense Campaigning and the Data of Democracy - Daniel Kreiss 2016

        Book Essential chapter 7 (“The Dynamics of Technology- Intensive Campaigning”).

    3. Supplementary reading 8 items
      1. The Big Data Divide. - Mark Andrejevic 1932

        Article Further

  17. Lecture 14 22 items
    The Framing and Counter-Framing of Political Messages
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Identify competing frames as employed in a recent policy debate in the UK media. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of each frame.

      ·         Identify competing frames as employed in the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum campaign. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of each frame.

      ·         Identify competing frames as employed in the 2015 UK general election campaign. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of each frame.

      ·         Identify competing frames as employed in debates about whether the UK should continue being part of the European Union. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of each frame.

    2. Core Reading 5 items
    3. Supplementary Reading 16 items
      1. Doing News Framing Analysis: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives - Paul D'Angelo, Jim A. Kuypers 2010 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      2. Winning with Words: the Origins and Impact of Political Framing - Brian F. Schaffner, Patrick J. Sellers 2010

        Book Further

      3. Metaphors We Live By - George Lakoff, Mark Johnson 1981

        Book Further

      4. The Art of Political Manipulation - William H. Riker 1986

        Book Further

  18. Lecture 15 19 items
    Political Advertising
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Why is advertising useful for campaigns?

      ·         What elements characterize an effective political advertisement?

      ·         How do party election broadcasts in the UK differ from political ads in the US?

      ·         Are negative advertisements dangerous for democracy?

      ·         In an era of audience fragmentations, are political advertisements still effective tools to reach the electorate?

       ·         What limitations to political advertising are justifiable to safeguard democratic values?

    2. Core Reading 6 items
      1. “Party Political Communication I: Advertising” in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 6

      2. The Living Room Candidate - Museum of Moving Image 2012

        Website Essential

    3. Supplementary Reading 12 items
      1. The SAGE Handbook of Political Advertising - Lynda Lee Kaid, Christina Holtz-Bacha 2006

        Book Further

      2. The SAGE Handbook of Political Advertising - Lynda Lee Kaid, Christina Holtz-Bacha 2006 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      3. Designer Politics: How Elections are Won - Margaret Scammell 1995

        Book Further

      4. The Spot: the Rise of Political Advertising on Television - Edwin Diamond, Stephen Bates 1984

        Book Further

  19. Lecture 16 13 items
    The 2015 UK General Election
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         What were the strategies of the main parties in the UK 2015 general election?

      ·         Did the media portray the campaign in a way that helped the voters make up their minds?

      ·         Did the media matter in the outcome of the election?

      ·         What resources were crucial in the campaign?

      ·         Assess the electoral strategy of the Labour and Conservative parties.

    2. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Interpreting the Media Logic Behind Editorial Decisions - Stephen Cushion, Richard Thomas, Allaina Kilby, Marina Morani 2016

        Article Essential

      2. Week-by-Week Analysis of News Coverage of the 2015 General Election - Media Standard Trust 2015

        Website Essential Freely explore and browse data from this impressive content analysis of a diverse range of media outlets and topics

      3. Special Issue on “Britain Votes in Parliamentary Affairs 2015

        Article Essential Read at least one of the following articles: “The Conservatives: Their Sweetest Victory?”, “‘Hell, No!’ Labour's Campaign: The Correct Diagnosis but the Wrong Doctor?”, “Party Finance: The Death of the National Campaign?”, “Immigration, Issue Ownership and the Rise of UKIP”, “Exit Velocity: The Media Election”, “The General Rejection? Political Disengagement, Disaffected Democrats and ‘Doing Politics’ Differently”

    3. Supplementary Reading 9 items
      1. Britain Votes 2015 - Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, Andrew Geddes, Jonathan Tonge 2015

        Book Further

      2. Digital News Report 2015 - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 2015

        Webpage Further

      3. Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report - UK Office of Communications 2015

        Webpage Further

  20. Lecture 17 27 items
    The Effects of Political Communication
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         In what sense does political communication have "strong" and "weak" effects?

      ·         To what extent do media effects depend on the message, and to what extent on its source and context?

      ·         Can a well-run campaign get any politician or party elected?

      ·         "The short-term effects of political messages are much less important than the long-term ones." Discuss.

      ·         Which channels of political information are best suited to provide citizens with information that increases and broadens their political knowledge?

       ·         Compared to thirty years ago, is it easier or more difficult for campaigns to get their messages across?

    2. Core Reading 5 items
      1. “The Effects of Political Communication” in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 3

      2. “The Effects of Political Communication” in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 3

    3. Further Reading 21 items
      1. Do Political Campaigns Matter?: Campaign Effects in Elections and Referendums - David M. Farrell, Rudiger Schmitt-Beck, European Consortium for Political Research 2006

        Book Further

      2. Do Political Campaigns Matter?: Campaign Effects in Elections and Referendums - David M. Farrell, Rdiger Schmitt-Beck 2002 (electronic book)

        Book Further

  21. Lecture 18 30 items
    Political Communication in a Globalizing World
    1. Seminar/essay questions

      ·         Are contemporary media truly global?

      ·         Has the globalization of political communication blurred the line between domestic and foreign policy in Western democracies?

      ·         In which sense has communication become a key component of any country's foreign policy?

      ·          "The essence of successful warfare is secrecy. The essence of successful journalism is publicity." Discuss.

      ·         Can contemporary global media constitute a transnational public sphere?

       

       

    2. Core Reading 4 items
      1. “Political Communication in a Globalised World” in An Introduction to Political Communication - Brian McNair 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 9

    3. Supplementary Reading 25 items
      1. Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order - Alister Miskimmon, Ben O'Loughlin, Laura Roselle 2013

        Book Further

      2. Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order - Alister Miskimmon, Ben O'Loughlin, Laura Roselle 2014 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      3. Blogs & Bullets - United States Institute of Peace 2014

        Webpage Further Look at all publications

      4. WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency - Micah L. Sifry 2011

        Book Further

      5. The Rise of 24-hour News Television: Global Perspectives - Stephen Cushion, Justin Lewis 2010

        Book Further

      6. War and Media: the Emergence of Diffused War - Andrew Hoskins, Ben O'Loughlin 2010

        Book Further

      7. International Communication: A Reader - Daya Kishan Thussu 2009, c2010

        Book Further

      8. The Information Revolution and World Politics - Elizabeth C. Hanson 2008

        Book Further

      9. Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Strategic Communication to Combat Violent Extremism - Steven R. Corman, Angela Trethewey, H. Lloyd Goodall 2008

        Book Further

      10. The Myth of Media Globalization - Kai Hafez, Alex Skinner 2007

        Book Further

      11. The Myth of Media Globalization - Kai Hafez 2007 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      12. Media, War & Conflict

        Journal Further An excellent specialized journal, freely available though the library

  22. Lecture 19 9 items
    Campaign Ethics
    1. ·         Is it possible to run perfectly ethical campaigns and be successful?

      ·         How can the media provide incentives for candidates to behave ethically?

      ·         Should politicians be more closely scrutinized for ethical lapses in their professional conduct?

       ·         Should citizen be directly involved in the ethical scrutiny of politicians, or should they rely on other institutions and organizations?

    2. Core Reading 3 items
      1. Code of Ethics - American Association of Political Consultants 2015

        Webpage Essential

    3. Supplementary Reading 5 items
      1. Evaluating Campaign Quality: Can the Electoral Process be Improved? - Louis Sandy Maisel, Darrell M West, Brett M Clifton 2007

        Book Further

      2. Shades of Gray: Perspectives on Campaign Ethics - Candice J. Nelson, David A. Dulio, Stephen K. Medvic 2002

        Book Further

      3. Shades of Gray: Perspectives on Campaign Ethics - Candice J. Nelson, David A. Dulio, Stephen K. Medvic 2002 (electronic book)

        Book Further

  23. Lecture 20 5 items
    Conclusions: Political Communication and the Quality of Democracy
    1. Note: the seminar will run as a revision session, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the course as a whole. I will also give you some guidance for your revision.

    2. Core Reading 4 items
      1. “Political Journalism: Today and Tomorrow” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril, Claes H. de Vreese 2014

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 9

      2. “Political Journalism: Today and Tomorrow” in Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective - Erik Albaek, Arjen Van Dalen, Nael Jebril 2013 (electronic book)

        Chapter Suggested for Student Purchase Chapter 9

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