A Virtuous Circle
Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies
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Virtuous Circle by Pippa Norris
Book DescriptionIs the process of political communications by the news media and by parties responsible for civic malaise? A Virtuous Circle sets out to challenge the conventional wisdom that it is. Based on a comparative examination of the role of the news media and parties in 29 postindustrial societies, focusing in particular on Western Europe and the United States, this study argues that rather than mistakenly 'blaming the messenger' we need to understand and confront more deep-rooted flaws in systems of representative democracy. This 2000 book outlines appropriate standards for evaluating the performance of the news media and the methods available to study this issue. It also compares changes in the news media including the rise of the Internet and the development of post-modern election campaigns. Norris shows that although negative news can erode public support for specific policy issues, in general there is a consistently positive relationship between attention to the news media and political knowledge, trust and participation. For more information on the book, please visit the author's website at www.pippanorris.com.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521790154
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Pippa Norris
Checkbook Elections?, Hardback (June 2016)
"The Electoral Integrity Project: why elections fail and what we can do about it."
Why Elections Fail, Paperback (July 2015)
This volume compares international and institutional accounts as alternative perspectives to explain why elections fail to meet international standards.
Why Electoral Integrity Matters, Hardback (June 2014)» View all books by Pippa Norris
This book is the first in a planned trilogy by Pippa Norris on challenges of electoral integrity.
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