Image, Political

McNair, Brian (2016) Image, Political. In Mazzoleni, Gianpietro (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Political Communication. John WIley & Sons Inc, London, pp. 1-9.

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Political communication scholars, journalists, and political actors alike, argue that the political process, and deliberative democracy (democracy founded on informed discussion inclusive of citizens), have lost their rational authenticity in that image and media spectacle have become more central to public opinion formation and electoral outcomes than policy. This entry examines the validity of that perception, and the extent to which “image” has emerged as a more significant factor in the political process. And if image is so important in political culture, what the impacts might be on the functioning of democratic processes.

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ID Code: 94170
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: (Editor-in-Chief), Kevin G. Barnhurst (Associate Editor), Ken'ichi Ikeda (Associate Editor), Rousiley C. M. Maia (Associate Editor), Hartmut Wessler (Associate Editor)
Keywords: media and communication studies, political communication, sociology, journalism studies
DOI: 10.1002/9781118541555.wbiepc149
ISBN: 9781118541555
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2016 04:16
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 01:02

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