Handbook of Political Communication Research

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Lynda Lee Kaid
Taylor & Francis, Jul 19, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 560 pages
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The Handbook of Political Communication Research is a benchmark volume, defining the most important and significant thrusts of contemporary research and theory in political communication. Editor Lynda Lee Kaid brings together exemplary scholars to explore the current state of political communication research in each of its various facets. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of political communication scholarship, contributions represent research coming from communication, political science, journalism, and marketing disciplines, among others.

The Handbook demonstrates the broad scope of the political communication discipline and emphasizes theoretical overviews and research synthesis, with each chapter providing discussion of the major lines of research, theory, and findings for the area of concern. Chapters are organized into sections covering:

*The theoretical background, history, structure, and diversity of political communication;

*Messages predominant in the study of political communication, ranging from classical rhetorical modes to political advertising and debates;

*News media coverage of politics, political issues, and political institutions;

*Public opinion and the audiences of political communication;

*European and Asian perspectives on political communication; and

*Trends in political communication study, including the Internet, and its role in changing the face of political communication.


As a comprehensive and thorough examination of the political communication discipline--the first in over two decades--this Handbook is a "must-have" resource for scholars and researchers in political communication, mass communication, and political science. It will also serve readers in public opinion, political psychology, and related areas.

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Lynda Lee Kaid (Ph.D., M.S., B.A., Southern Illinois University) is Professor of Telecommunications and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She previously served as the Director of the Political Communication Center and supervised the Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma. Her research specialties include political advertising and news coverage of political events. A Fulbright Scholar, she has also done work on political television in several Western European countries. She is the author/editor of 14 books, including the Handbook of Political Communication Research, Videostyle in Presidential Campaigns, The Electronic Election, New Perspectives on Political Advertising, Mediated Politics in Two Cultures, Political Advertising in Western Democracies (SAGE, 1995), and Political Campaign Communication: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature. She has received over $1 million in external grant funds for her research efforts, including support from the U. S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. She is a former chair of the Political Communication Divisions of ICA and NCA and has also served in leadership roles the American Political Science Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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