Everything You Think You Know about Politics ...And Why You're Wrong

ISBN-10: 0465036279
ISBN-13: 9780465036271
Edition: 2000
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Description: Focusing on the media-shaped perceptions of the American public, Jamieson (communication and public policy, University of Pennsylvania) explores feelings of manipulation in politics. Based on information of the last two presidential elections, she  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 6/23/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Focusing on the media-shaped perceptions of the American public, Jamieson (communication and public policy, University of Pennsylvania) explores feelings of manipulation in politics. Based on information of the last two presidential elections, she surveys the existing public record on voting patterns, campaign promises, polling, soundbites, negative ads, and election strategies. Jamieson's analysis focuses on the content and effects of campaigns, the use of advertising, and the influence of the news media. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Content and Effects of Campaigns
Do Campaigns Matter?
The Morning After: Do Politicians Keep Their Promises?
Who's to Blame? Is the Perception Gap in the Campaigns, Media Coverage, or Both?
What Is Happening Now? The Quality of Campaign Discourse
What Should We Really Expect? How They Talk to Us
Do the Quotes of Scholars Add Anything Different to the News?
Are Voters Smarter Than Pundits, the Press, and Scholars About Attack in Politics?
Was Voter Turnout in 1996 the Lowest Since 1924?
The Gender Gap in Political Knowledge: Are Women Less Knowledgeable Than Men About Politics?
Candidate Advertising
Does Political Advertising Affect Turnout? If So, How, When, and for Whom?
Are Attack Ads Necessarily Negative?
Does Attack Advertising Affect Turnout?
Does Attack Advertising Create a Backlash? Mobilize the Other Side? Depress or Increase Support by Those of the Same Party?
Who Attacked More in Ads in 1996, Clinton or Dole?
Do Adwatches Backfire?
Issue-Advocacy Advertising
Do Issue Ads Work? If So, When?
The Influence of News
The Test Ban Treaty and the 2000 Campaign
Does Local Television News Inform As Well As Local Newspapers?
Do Newspaper Endorsements Matter? Do Politicians Speak for Themselves in Newspapers and on Television?
Why Winning a Presidential General-Election Debate Has Little to Do with Performance
Is There Anything New to Learn in Debates? Do Voters Learn from Them?
Has the Average Length of a Candidate's Statement in News Dropped Since 1968?
Does Local Television News Shape Our Views of Those of Other Races? A Case Study in Perception and Accuracy in News Media and Their Audience
Is the Press Biased? Was the New York Times Biased Against Dole in 1996? Is Press Coverage Conservative or Liberal?
Who Sets the Print Media Agenda? A Case Study Focusing on the New York Times
Does the Winning Candidate's Agenda Match the Electorate's More Closely Than the Losing Candidate's?
How Does Reporting of Poll Results Affect Campaign Coverage?
Conclusion
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Appendix IV
Notes
Selected References
Index

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