Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia: Public and Producer Perceptions of the Political Public Sphere, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia

Public and Producer Perceptions of the Political Public Sphere, 1st Edition

By Brian McNair, Terry Flew, Stephen Harrington, Adam Swift

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238 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Description

In Australia, as in many comparable democracies, the role of the media in the political process is high on the public agenda. There is a perception of widespread disillusionment with and disengagement from politics amongst voters, and criticism of the media for failing to fulfil their democratic responsibilities adequately. This book evaluates public perceptions of the performance of the political media in the context of the declared aims and objectives of media producers. From there the authors present findings for improving the capacity of political media to engage and inform their audiences in ways which enhance the quality and popular legitimacy of the democratic process. These conclusions are of import not only to Australians, but to observers of mediated politics in the UK, the US and other countries where similar debates around the ‘crisis of public communication’ are on-going.

Table of Contents

Part I: Theories and Frameworks

1. Introduction to Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia

2. The Politics-Media Relationship in Australia: Spin, Political Communication and the Mediatization of Politics

3. Insiders and Their Critics.

Part II: Mapping the Australian Political Public Sphere

4. Mapping the Australian Political Public Sphere: The Press

5. The Audio-Visual Public Sphere

6. What the People Think - A Qualitative Evaluation of the Australian Public Sphere

7. More Questions than Answers: Public Participation Programming in Australia

8. Outsiders: Infotainment and Hybridisation in the Australian Political Public Sphere - The Project, Kitchen Cabinet, Gruen Nation

9. Key Findings and Conclusions

About the Authors

Brian McNair is Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Stephen Harrington is Senior Lecturer of Journalism, Media and Communications at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Adam Swift is Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Barbara Gligorijevic is Researcher and Project Officer at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN008000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Journalism
POL016000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies