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COMM1950 reading list

Power, Politics and the Media, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Matthias Reves
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General Overviews

Blumler, Jay B. and Dennis Kavanagh (1999) ‘The Third Age of Political Communication: Influences and Features’, Political communication., 16: 209–230.

Davis, A. (2019) Political communication: a new introduction for crisis times. Polity Press.  

Gurevitch, M., S. Coleman, and J.G. Blumler (2009) 'Political Communication --Old and New Media Relationships', Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science., 625: 164-181. 

Kenski, K., & Jamieson, K. (2015). The Oxford handbook of political communication . Oxford University Press.

McNair, B. (2017) An introduction to political communication (London: Routledge)   

Negrine, R. (2008), The transformation of political communication : continuities and changes in media and politics(Basingstoke: Palgrave) 

Oates, Sarah (2008) Introduction to media and politics (London: Sage)

Sanders, Karen (2009) Communicating politics in the twenty-first century (Basingstoke: Palgrave). Chapter 4 available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Stanyer, J. (2007) Modern political communication : mediated politics in uncertain times (Cambridge: Polity)

Street, John (2011), Mass Media, Politics and Democracy (Basingstoke: Palgrave) Chapter 11 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

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The Politicians

Campbell, Alastair (2007), The Blair years : extracts from the Alastair Campbell diaries (London: Hutchinson)

Jones, N. (1995), Soundbites and Spin Doctors How Politicians Manipulate the Media And Vice Versa (London: Casell)

Langer, Ana I. (2010) ‘The politicization of private persona: Exceptional leaders or the new rule? The case of the United Kingdom and the Blair effect’. International Journal of Press/Politics 15(1): 60-76

Pattie, C., and R. Johnston (2009) 'Still Talking, But Is Anyone Listening? : The Changing Face of Constituency Campaigning in Britain, 1997--2005', Party politics., 15: 411-434.

Smith, J.K. (2009) 'Campaigning and the Catch-All Party: The Process of Party Transformation in Britain', Party politics., 15: 555-572. 

Whiteley, P. (2009) 'Where Have All the Members Gone? The Dynamics of Party Membership in Britain', Parliamentary affairs., 62: 242-257. 

Williamson, A. (2009) 'The Effect of Digital Media on MPs' Communication with Constituents', Parliamentary affairs., 62: 514-527. 

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The Media

Bennett, L. (2012), News: The Politics of Illusion (White Plain, NY: Longman)

Chadwick, A and Stanyer, J. (2011) ‘The Changing News Media Environment’ in Developments in British politics 9, edited by Richard Heffernan, Philip Cowley and Colin Hay. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE

Corner, J and Pels, D. (2003) Media and the restyling of politics : consumerism, celebrity and cynicism (London: Sage)

Couldry, N. (2009) 'Does 'the Media' Have a Future? ', European journal of communication., 24: 437-449. 

Curran, J. and Seaton, J. (2010) Power without responsibility : the press, broadcasting and the internet in Britain (7th ed.) (London: Routledge) (E-book available – good on history of media in Britain)

Davies, Nick (2008) Flat Earth news : an award-winning reporter exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media (London: Chatto & Windus)

Epstein, Edward Jay (1973), News from nowhere : television and the news (Chicago: Ivan Dee)

Fenton, Natalie (ed) (2010) New media, old news : journalism and democracy in the digital age (London: Sage).

Graber, Doris (2003), ‘The Media and Democracy: Beyond Myths and Stereotypes’, Annual Review of Political Science, 6: 139-60.

Hallin D. and Mancini P (1984), Speaking of the President: Political Structure and Representational Form in US and Italian Television News’, Theory and society., 13, 6.

Hallin, Daniel C. (Spring 1992), ‘Sound Bite News: Television Coverage of Elections, 1968‑88’ , Journal of communication., 42, 2.

Schudson, M. (2003), The sociology of news (New York: Norton)

Street, J. (1997) Politics and popular culture (London: Routledge) Chapter 3 available as an Online Course reading in the VLE

Tuchman, Gaye (1972), `Objectivity as Strategic Ritual’, American Journal of Sociology., 77, 4.

Tuchman, Gaye (1978), Making news : a study in the construction of reality (London: Collier-Macmillan)

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The Citizens

Bartels, Larry M. (June 1993), ‘Messages Received: The Political Impact of Mass Media Exposure’, The American political science review., 87, 2

Couldry, N., Livingstone, S., & Markham, T. (2010). Media consumption and public engagement beyond the presumption of attention (Revised and updated edition.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Graber, Doris (1984), Processing the news : how people tame the information tide (New York: Longman),

Harrop, M and Miller W. (1987), Elections and voters : a comparative introduction (London: Macmillan).

Holbrook, T. (1996), Do campaigns matter? (Thousand Oaks: Sage),

Just, Marion et al (Summer 1990), ‘Thirty Seconds or Thirty Minutes: What Viewers Learn from Spot Advertisments and Candidate Debates’ Journal of communication., 40, 3

Livingston, Sonia (ed) (2005) Audiences and publics : when cultural engagement matters for the public sphere. (Bristol; Portland, OR: Intellect). (Ebook available)

Peipe, Anthony et al. (Winter 1990), ‘Politics and Television Viewing in England: Hegemony or Pluralism? ’, Journal of communication., 40, 1

Popkin, S, (1991), The reasoning voter : communication and persuasion in presidential campaigns (Princeton: PUP).

Wyatt, Robert O (1998), `After 50 Years, Political Communication Scholars still Argue with Lazarsfeld’, Journal of communication., 48, 2.

Zaller, John R. (1992), The nature and origins of mass opinion (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press).

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Campaigns and Political Rhetoric

Bos, L. and Brants, K. (2014) Populist rhetoric in politics and media: A longitudinal study of the Netherlands, European journal of communication., 29: 703-719.

Brett, Will (2016) It’s good to talk: Doing referendums differently after the EU vote, Electoral Reform Society:

Butler, D. and Kavanagh D. (2005), The British general election of 2005 (Basingstoke, Macmillan)

Cowley, P. And Kavanagh, D. (2010), The British general election of 2010 (Basingstoke, Palgrave)

Deacon, D. and Wring, D. (2016) The UK Independence Party, populism and the British news media: Competition, collaboration or containment? European journal of communication., 31: 169-184.

Fisher, J., and D. Denver (2009) 'Evaluating the Electoral Effects of Traditional and Modern Modes of Constituency Campaigning in Britain 1992-2005', Parliamentary affairs., 62: 196-210. 

Franklin, B. (2004) Packaging politics : political communications in Britain's media democracy (2nd Ed.) London: Arnold.

Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E. (eds) (2015) UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign; available at (collection of short reflections on the election).

Johnston, R. et al (2012), ‘We've Got Them On The List: Contacting, Canvassing and Voting in a British General Election Campaign’, Electoral studies. 31: 317-329

Kavanagh, D. (1995) Election campaigning : the new marketing of politics (Oxford: Blackwell),

King, A., et al, (1997, New labour triumphs : Britain at the polls (Chatham N.J.: Chatham House)

Lees-Marshment, J (2004), ` Mis- marketing the Conservatives: The limitations of style over substance, The political quarterly., 75, 4.

Lees-Marshment, J. (2001), Political marketing and British political parties : the party's just begun (Manchester: MUP)

Norris, P., (1999), On message : communicating the campaign (London: Sage)

Palmer, Jerry (2002), ` Smoke and mirrors: is that the way it is? Themes in political marketing‘, Media, culture & society., 24, 3.

Savigny, H. and M. Temple (2010) ‘Political marketing models: The curious incident of the dog that doesn’t bark’. Political studies. 58(5), 1049-1064.

Scammell, M. (1995) Designer politics : how elections are won (Basingstoke: Macmillan).

Scammell, Margaret (1999), `Political Marketing: Lessons for Political Science’, Political studies., 47, 4

Thorsen, E., Jackson, D. and Lilleker D. (2017) UK Election Analysis 2017: Media, Voters and the Campaign; available at (collection of short reflections on the election).

Weber, C. (2013). Emotions, Campaigns, and Political Participation. Political Research Quarterly, 66(2), 414–428.

Wirz, D. (2018). Persuasion Through Emotion? An Experimental Test of the Emotion-Eliciting Nature of Populist CommunicationInternational Journal of Communication, 12:1114-1138   first link no longer working, but online access to the article is provided via the linked journal [IK Library, 05/11/2019]  

Wring, D., Mortimore, R. and Atkinson, S. (eds) (2017) Political communication in Britain : polling, campaigning and media in the 2015 general election ISBN: 9783319409337 (pbk.) : £22.50. (Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan).

Utz, S. (2009) 'The (Potential) Benefits of Campaigning via Social Network Sites', Journal of computer-mediated communication [electronic resource]., 14: 221-243. 

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Social Movements and Pressure Groups

Barry, Sebastian (April 1992), ‘Lobbyists: Techniques of the Political Insiders’, Parliamentary affairs., 45, 2

Bennett, W.L. & A. Segerberg (2012) 'The Logic of Connective Action: Digital media and the personalization of contentious politics' Information, communication and society., 15 (5): 739-768.

Bennett, W., C. Breunig, and T. Givens (2008) 'Communication and political mobilization: Digital media and the organization of anti-Iraq war demonstrations in the US', Political communication., 25: 269-289

Cottle, S (2003), News, public relations and power (London: Sage)

Dalton, Russell J. (ed.) (July 1993), ‘Citizens, Protest and Democracy’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science., 528

Davis, Aeron (2002), Public relations democracy : public relations, politics, and the mass media in Britain (Manchester: MUP)

Derville,Tiffany (2005) `Radical activist tactics: Overturning public relations conceptualizations’, Public relations review., 31, 4.

Halpin, D. (2011), ‘Explaining Policy Bandwagons: Organized Interest Mobilization and Cascades of Attention’ , Governance., 24: 205-30

Lester, L., and B. Hutchins (2009) 'Power games: environmental protest, news media and the internet', Media, culture & society., 31: 579-595.

Rush, Michael (1990), Parliament and pressure politics ( Oxford, Clarendon)

Tang, L., and Sampson, H. (2012), ‘The Interaction Between Mass Media and the Internet in Non-Democratic States: The Case of China’, Media, culture & society. 34: 457-71

Tufekci, Z and Wilson, C., ‘Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest: Observations From Tahrir Square’, Journal of communication. 62: 363-79

Whiteley, Paul and Steve Winyard (1987), Pressure for the poor : the poverty lobby and policy making (London, Routledge)

Whiteley, Paul and Steve Winyard (April 1988), ‘The Poverty Lobby in British Politics’, Parliamentary affairs., 41, 3.

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The Impact of Digital Technology

A useful resource for this topic is the programme of research conducted by the Hansard Society see the publications available at Bennett, W. L (2003), ‘Communicating Global Activism’, Information, communication and society., 6, 2.

Bennett, W. L (2003), ‘Communicating Global Activism’, Information, communication and society., 6, 2.

Campbell, V. (2009) 'Blogs in American politics: from Lott to Lieberman', Aslib Proceedings., 61: 139-154. 

Chadwick, A. (2013) The Hybrid Media System: politics and power. (New York: Oxford University Press).

Coleman, S. and Blumler, J. (2009) The internet and democratic citizenship : theory, practice and policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). (E-book available)

Farrell, H. (2008), ‘The Power and Politics of Blogs’, Public choice., 134

Gibson, R.K. et al (2003), ‘Election Campaiging on the World Wide Web in the USA and the UK’, Party politics., 9, 1.

Gibson, R. (2012), ‘From Brochureware to 'MyBo': An Overview of Online Elections and Campaigning’ Politics: 32: 77-84

Gil De Zuniga, H., E. Puig-I-Abril, and H. Rojas (2009) 'Weblogs, traditional sources online and political participation: an assessment of how the internet is changing the political environment', New media and society., 11: 553-574. 

Jackson, N (2006) 'Dipping their big toe into the Blogospere: The use of weblogs by the political parties in the 2005 General Election', Aslib Proceedings., 58, 4.

Jackson, N. (2007) 'Political parties, the Internet and the 2005 General Election: Third time lucky? ', Internet research : electronic networking applications and policy., 17, 3. 

Rethemeyer, R.K.(2007), ‘The Empires Strike Back: Is the Internet Corporatizing Rather Than Democratizing Policy Processes’, Public administration review., 67, 2.

Vaccari, C. (2008). 'From the Air to the Ground: The Internet in the 2004 US Presidential Campaign', New media and society., 10, 4.

Vaccari, C., & Valeriani, A. (2018). Dual Screening, Public Service Broadcasting, and Political Participation in Eight Western Democracies. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 23(3), 367–388. 

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Van Zoonen, Liesbet (2005) Entertaining the citizen : when politics and popular culture converge. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield.

Richardson, Kay, Katy Parry and John Corner (2012) Political culture and media genre : beyond the news. (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Street, John (2001) Mass Media, Politics and Democracy, Chapter 3, ‘It’s just for fun: Politics and entertainment', p60-79.

Street, John (2004) ‘Celebrity politicians: Popular culture and political representation’. British journal of politics & international relations. 6(4), 435-452.

Wheeler, Mark (2013) Celebrity politics. London: Polity.

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Agenda Setting

Bennett, W. Lance (Spring 1990), ‘Towards a Theory of Press-State Relations in the US’, Journal of communication., 40, 2.

Dearing, James (1996), Agenda-setting (Thousand Oaks, Sage)

Hilgartner, S. and Bosk, C. L., (1988), ‘The Rise and Fall of Social Problems’, American Journal of Sociology., 94, 1.

McCombs, M. and Shaw, D. L. (1972), ‘The Agenda Setting Function of the Mass Media’, Public Opinion Quarterly., 36,  2

Protess, D. and McCombs, M. (1991), Agenda-setting (Hillsdale, N.J.: Erlbaum)

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Bleiker, R. et al. (2013) ‘The visual dehumanization of refugees’. Australian journal of political science. 48(4), pp. 398-416.

Boomgaarden, H.G. and R. Vliegenthart (2006) ‘Explaining the rise of anti-immigration parties: The role of news media content’. Electoral studies. 26(2), pp. 404-417.

Entman, Robert, `Framing US Coverage of International News: Contrasts in Narratives of KAL and Iran Air Incidents', Journal of communication., 41, 4 (1991).

Entman, Robert, `Framing: Toward Clarification of a Fractured Paradigm', Journal of communication., 43, 4 (Autumn 1993).

Gamson, William, `News As Framing', American behavioral scientist., 33 (1989).

Helbling, M. (2013) ‘Framing immigration in Western Europe’. Journal of ethnic and migration studies. 40(1), pp. 21-41.

Khosravinik, M. (2010) ‘The representation of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in British newspapers: A critical discourse analysis’. Journal of language and politics. 9(1), pp. 1-28.

Kim, S. et al. (2011) ‘The view of the border: News framing of the definition, causers, and solutions to illegal immigration’. Mass communication and society 14(3), pp. 292-314.

McLaren, L., Boomgaarden, H. and Vliegenthart, R. (2018) ‘News coverage and public concern about immigration in Britain. International Journal of Public Opinion Research 30(2), pp.173-193.

Nelson, Thomas et al, `Media Framing of a Civil Liberties Conflict and Its Effect on Tolerance' The American political science review., Vol. 91, No. 3. (Sep., 1997).

Reese, S.D., Gandy, O. H. and Grant, A. E., (eds) (2003) Framing public life : perspectives on media and our understanding of the social world (Mahwah, N.J.; London: Lawrence Erlbaum)

Rhee, June, `Strategy and Issue Frames in Election Campaign Coverage: A Social Cognitive Account of Framing Effects', Journal of communication., 47, 3 (Summer 1997).

Scheufele, D.  `Framing as a Theory of Media Effects’, Journal of communication., 49, 1 (Winter 1999). 

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Mediated Politics around the World

Esser, F. and Pfetsch, B. (eds.) (2004). Comparing political communication: theories, cases, and challenges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hallin, D.C. and P. Mancini (2004) Comparing Media Systems. Three Models of Media and Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 2: ‘Comparing media systems’. (available as ebook through the library catalogue)

Hallin, D.C. and P. Mancini (eds.) (2012). Comparing media systems beyond the Western world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Haynes, A., Pitts, B. (2009) ‘Making an Impression: New Media in the 2008 Presidential Nomination Campaign’. PS : political science and politics., January 2009, pp. 53-58.

Roudakova, N. (2009) ‘Journalism as “prostitution”. Understanding Russia’s reactions to Anna Politkovskaya’s murder. Political communication. 26(4), pp. 412-429.

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Berry, J.M. and Sobieraj, S. 2014. The outrage industry: political opinion media and the new incivility. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brubaker, R. 2017. Why populism? Theory and Society. 46(5), pp.357–385.

Faris, Robert M. et al. 2017. Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Cambridge, MA: Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Krämer, B. 2014. Media Populism: A Conceptual Clarification and Some Theses on its Effects: Media Populism. Communication Theory. 24(1), pp.42–60.

Moffitt, Benjamin. 2017. Transnational Populism? Representative Claims, Media and the Difficulty of Constructing a Transnational ‘People.’ Javnost - The Public 24(4):409–25.

Mudde, C. 2004. The Populist Zeitgeist. Government and Opposition. 39(4), pp.541–563. 

Norris, P., & Inglehart, R. (2019). Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Peck, R. (2019). Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This list was last updated on 14/10/2020