Citizens, Politics and Social Communication: Information and Influence in an Election Campaign

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 27, 1995 - Political Science - 305 pages
Democratic politics is a collective enterprise, not simply because individual votes are counted to determine winners, but more fundamentally because the individual exercise of citizenship is an interdependent undertaking. Citizens argue with and inform one another, arriving at political decisions through processes of social interaction and deliberation. This book is dedicated to investigating the political implications of interdependent citizens within the context of the 1984 presidential election campaign as it was experienced in the metropolitan area of South Bend, Indiana. National politics is experienced locally through a series of filters unique to a particular setting. Several different themes are explored: the dynamic implications of social communication among citizens, the importance of communication networks for citizen decision-making, the exercise of citizen purpose in locating sources of information, the constraints on individual choice, and institutional and organizational effects .
 

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Contents

II Electoral dynamics and social communication
43
Ill Networks political discussants and socialcommunication
101
IV The organizational locus of social communication
205

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