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Handbook of Political Communication Research

1st Edition

Edited by Lynda Lee Kaid


560 pages

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The Handbook of Political Communication Research is a benchmark volume, defining the most important and significant thrusts of contemporary research and theory in political communication. Editor Lynda Lee Kaid brings together exemplary scholars to explore the current state of political communication research in each of its various facets. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of political communication scholarship, contributions represent research coming from communication, political science, journalism, and marketing disciplines, among others.

The Handbook demonstrates the broad scope of the political communication discipline and emphasizes theoretical overviews and research synthesis, with each chapter providing discussion of the major lines of research, theory, and findings for the area of concern. Chapters are organized into sections covering:

*The theoretical background, history, structure, and diversity of political communication;

*Messages predominant in the study of political communication, ranging from classical rhetorical modes to political advertising and debates;

*News media coverage of politics, political issues, and political institutions;

*Public opinion and the audiences of political communication;

*European and Asian perspectives on political communication; and

*Trends in political communication study, including the Internet, and its role in changing the face of political communication.

As a comprehensive and thorough examination of the political communication discipline--the first in over two decades--this Handbook is a "must-have" resource for scholars and researchers in political communication, mass communication, and political science. It will also serve readers in public opinion, political psychology, and related areas.


"This benchmark volume defines the most important and significant thrust of contemporary research and theory in political communication."

Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and the Environment

"The Handbook of Political Communication Research draws researchers from political science, communication studies, rhetoric, marketing, journalism, and media studies. Its ambitious and complete summary of lines of research from these disciplines makes it an essential reference for scholars in all related areas."

Communication Research Trends

Table of Contents

Contents: K.R. Sanders, Foreword. L.L. Kaid, Introduction and Overview of the Field. Part I:Theories and Approaches to Political Communication. E.M. Rogers, Theoretical Diversity in Political Communication. B.I. Newman, R.M. Perloff, Political Marketing: Theory, Research, and Applications. D.A. Graber, Methodological Developments in Political Communication Research. Y. Lin, Fragmentation of Structure of Political Communication Research: Diversification or Isolation? K.J.M. Haynes, Design and Creation of a Controlled Vocabulary for Political Communication. Part II:Political Messages. B.E. Gronbeck, Rhetoric and Politics. L.L. Kaid, Political Advertising. M.S. McKinney, D.B. Carlin, Political Campaign Debates. Part III:News Media Coverage of Politics, Political Issues, and Political Institutions. G.J. Gulati, M.R. Just, A.N. Crigler, News Coverage of Political Campaigns. D. Weaver, M. McCombs, D.L. Shaw, Agenda-Setting Research: Issues, Attributes, and Influences. W.L. Bennett, Gatekeeping and Press--Government Relations: A Multigated Model of News Construction. A. McKay, D.L. Paletz, The Presidency and the Media. Part IV:Political Communication and Public Opinion. E. Noelle-Neumann, T. Petersen, The Spiral of Silence and the Social Nature of Man. M. Sotirovic, J.M. McLeod, Knowledge as Understanding: The Information Processing Approach to Political Learning. M.X. Delli Carpini, Mediating Democratic Engagement: The Impact of Communications on Citizens' Involvement in Political and Civic Life. D.G. Bystrom, Women as Political Communication Sources and Audiences. Part V:International Perspectives on Political Communication. C. Holtz-Bacha, Political Communication Research Abroad: Europe. L. Willnat, A.J. Aw, Political Communication in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. Part VI:New Trends in Political Communication Channels and Messages. J.C. Tedesco, Changing the Channel: Use of the Internet for Communicating About Politics.

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Routledge Communication Series

The Routledge Communication Series covers the breadth of the communication discipline, from interpersonal communication to public relations, offering textbooks, handbooks, and scholarly reference materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies