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When Politicians Attack
Party Cohesion in the Media


Part of Communication, Society and Politics

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603072

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About the Authors
  • Fostering a positive brand name is the chief benefit parties provide for their members. They do this both by coordinating their activities in the legislative process and by communicating with voters. Whereas political scientists have generally focused on the former, dismissing partisan communication as cheap talk, this book argues that a party's ability to coordinate its communication has important implications for the study of politics. The macro-level institutional setting of a party's communication heavily influences that party's prospects for cohesive communication. Paradoxically, unified government presents the greatest challenge to unified communication within the president's party. As this book argues, the challenge stems primarily from two sources: the constitutional separation of powers and the intervening role of the news media.

    • Unique in its breadth and clarity
    • Tackles a large theoretical and empirical area of study
    • Argues that a party's ability to coordinate its communication has important implications for the study of politics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… clearly written and organized. [This book] contains engaging prose and many vivid examples to illustrate its argument. It would be a good choice for graduate classes or advanced undergraduate classes on political communication, parties, or Congress.' Jonathan M. Ladd, Public Opinion Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603072
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: singing from the same hymnbook: party cohesion in the media
    2. McParty: cohesion and the party 'brand name'
    3. Man bites president: the mediation of partisan communication
    4. Breaking the eleventh commandment: party cohesion in presidential news
    5. Life in the shadows: the president's legislative party as newsmaker
    6. When politicians attack: the political implications of partisan conflict in the media
    7. With enemies like these: the silver lining of divided government
    8. Conclusion: uncircling the firing squad: party cohesion in a new media era.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Mass Media & American Politics
    • Media, politics, and personal power
    • Political and Governmental Public Relation
    • Politics and the Media
    • Public Opinion and American Politics
  • Author

    Tim Groeling, University of California, Los Angeles
    Tim Groeling is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UCLA. With Matthew A. Baum, he is the co-author of War Stories: The Causes and Consequences of Public Views of War. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, International Organization, Political Communication, Political Behavior, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, among other publications.

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