Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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Political Communication covers far more than elections by presenting 13 unique case studies that are each examined through the political science, rhetorical and mass communication perspectives. The foundation of the book is laid in the first three chapters where each of the three authors fully develops his/her perspective and explains how their view relates to understanding political communication. After this groundwork is set, the authors apply these different perspectives to case studies that focus on the presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, social movements, popular culture and, of course, elections. Each case includes detailed information about the political communication event, analyses from the three perspectives, and a list of additional cases the student might want to explore. The richness and depth of each case is drawn out in the analysis portion of each chapter; readers will walk away with an understanding of how a political scientist, a rhetorician, and a mass communication researcher each think about political communication.

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Lauren Cohen Bell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Professor Bell received her B.A. from the College of Wooster and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bell's research areas include Congress, the Judiciary, inter-branch relationships, mediating institutions, and drug and health care policy. Dr. Bell was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow during the 105th Congress and her publications include: "WARRING FACTIONS: SENATORS, NOMINEES, AND INTEREST GROUPS IN THE FEDERAL APPOINTMENT PROCESS" (Ohio State University Press, 2002); "WOMEN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF: POLICY CONTRIBUTIONS AND CONSTRAINTS" (with Cindy Simon-Rosenthal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2003) and "SENATORIAL DISCOURTESY: THE SENATE'S USE OF DELAY TO SHAPE THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY" (Political Research Quarterly, 2001). Courses taught include Introduction to American Government, Congress, The Presidency, Political Analysis, Constitutional Law, Introduction to Public Policy, and Race and Gender in American Politics.

THEODORE F. SHECKELS is Professor of English and Communication at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He is the author of many books, including The Lion on the Freeway: A Thematic Introduction to Contemporary South African Literature in English (1996) and When Congress Debates: A Bakhtinian Paradigm (Praeger, 2000).

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