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Election campaigns, and television news coverage : the case of the 2001 Australian election

Denemark, David, Ward, Ian, & Bean, Clive (2007) Election campaigns, and television news coverage : the case of the 2001 Australian election. Australian Journal of Political Science, 42(1), pp. 89-109.

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Abstract

This paper examines the patterns of television news coverage of the political parties, their leaders and the issues they raised during the 2001 Australian federal election campaign. By focusing on some issues, parties and leaders, television has long been argued to constrain voters' evaluations. We find that television news coverage in the 2001 Australian election campaign focused primarily on international issues, especially terrorism and asylum seekers, and on the two major parties - virtually to the exclusion of coverage of the minor parties and their leaders. Within the major party 'two-horse race', television gave substantially more coverage to the leaders than to the parties themselves, thereby sustaining what some have called a 'presidential'-style political contest. John Howard emerged as the winner in the leaders' stakes, garnering more coverage than Labor's Kim Beazley.

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ID Code: 32267
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/10361140601158567
ISSN: 1036-1146
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 17 May 2010 13:52
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:40

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