What impact do news and political advertising have on us? How do candidates use media to persuade us as voters? Are we informed adequately about political issues? Do twenty-first-century political communications measure up to democratic ideals? The Dynamics of Political Communication: Media and Politics in a Digital Age, Second Edition explores these issues and guides us through current political communication theories and beliefs by detailing the fluid landscape of political communication and offering us an engaging introduction to the field and a thorough tour of the discipline. Author Richard Perloff examines essential concepts in this arena, such as agenda-setting, agenda-building, framing, political socialization, and issues of bias that are part of campaign news. Designed to provide an understanding and appreciation of the principles involved in political communication along with methods of research and hypothesis-testing, each chapter includes materials that challenge us by encouraging reflection on controversial matters.
Inside this Second Edition you’ll find:
- Expanded discussion of conceptual problems, communication complexities, and key issues in the field.
- New examples, concepts, and studies reflecting current political communication scholarship.
- The integration of technology throughout the text, reflecting its pervasive role in the political spectrum.
Accompanied by an updated companion website with resources for students and instructors, The Dynamics of Political Communication prepares you to survey the political landscape with a more critical eye, and encourages a greater understanding of the challenges and occurrences presented in this constantly evolving field.
Table of Contents
Part One: Foundations Chapter 1: Introduction to Political Communication
Chapter 2: Philosophy, Democracy, and Political Communication
Part Two: Political Communication Concepts and Effects
Chapter 3: The Study of Political Communication
Chapter 4: Media and Political Knowledge
Chapter 5: Contemporary Political Socialization
Chapter 6: Setting and Building the Agenda
Chapter 7: Framing
Part Three: Communication and the Presidential Election Campaign
Chapter 8: Presidential Election Campaigns Past and Present
Chapter 9: Examining the Conundrums of Political News Bias
Chapter 10: Political News, Polls, and the Presidential Campaign
Chapter 11: Presidential Nominations in the Media Age Part Four: Political Persuasion
Chapter 12: Persuasion in the Presidential Campaign and the White House
Chapter 13: Political Advertising in Presidential Campaigns
Chapter 14: Presidential Debates
Richard M. Perloff, Professor of Communication, Political Science, and Psychology at Cleveland State University, has a very successful persuasion textbook with Routledge, now in its sixth edition (2017), as well as an earlier scholarly text on political communication (1998). He is well-known for his scholarship on the third-person effect and theoretical integrations of media influences. A Fellow of the Midwest Association of Public Opinion Research, Perloff has been on the faculty at Cleveland State University since 1979 and served as director of the School of Communication from 2004–2011. Taking scholarship to the public arena, he has had many letters to the editor of The New York Times and op-ed columns for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is an inveterate follower of political communication, reading the news each day in a coffee shop following a morning swim.
"Somehow, Perloff has managed to make it look easy yet again. In Dynamics of Political Communication, he offers a reflection on our field that is entertaining and accessible, yet simultaneously firmly rooted in the latest political communication research from around the globe. Students will enjoy learning about the most important concepts from our field today –through colorful anecdote, self-reflective questions, and references to everything from House of Cards and Saturday Night Live to Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandals. What’s not to like?"
-Dannagal G. Young, Associate Professor of Communication and Researcher with the Center for Political Communication. University of Delaware
"Rick Perloff has a firm grasp on theory and research in the area of political communication and provides a masterful treatment of this key aspect of contemporary society. The competing visions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as they fought for the Oval Office in 2016 sharply underline why it is vital to understand political communication."
-William L. Benoit, Professor of Communication Studies, Ohio University.
"I highly recommend this well organized, comprehensive, accessible, theoretically-driven introduction to political communication."
-Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania
"In Richard Perloff’s The Dynamics of Political Communication we had one of the very best political communication textbooks – a volume well-grounded in relevant theory and conversant with the wide-ranging research findings that inform our understanding of politics and communication. His second edition updates our knowledge of the rapidly changing political communication landscape while preserving the substantial strengths of his original work. This book will help our students become more informed – and hopefully more engaged – citizens."
-Mitchell S. McKinney, Director, Political Communication Institute, University of Missouri