Open Scotland?: Journalists, Spin Doctors and Lobbyists

Open Scotland?: Journalists, Spin Doctors and Lobbyists

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By (author) Philip Schlesinger, By (author) David Millar, By (author) William Dinan

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  • Publisher: Polygon at Edinburgh University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 234mm x 19mm | 532g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1902930282
  • ISBN 13: 9781902930282
  • Illustrations note: 5ill.

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Scottish devolution brought high hopes for an open political culture. But how far have these been fulfilled? Open Scotland? argues that in the field of political communication the old, established ways of the British state still remain firmly in place. Westminster and Whitehall still cast long shadows over Edinburgh. This book offers the first full-scale coverage of how media, politicians and lobbyists interact in the new Scotland. Based on their exceptional first-hand access to the key players, Philip Schlesinger, David Miller and William Dinan have written an inside account of the struggles to establish the rules of the game for covering politics. They have talked to the journalists of Scotland's political media pack who are at the heart of the new political system and who have a decisive impact on the image of the Scottish Parliament and government. They have observed and interviewed the professional lobbyists and reveal their strategies for achieving a respectable image in Scottish public life. And they have analysed some of the key rows and the failures of news management inside Scotland's government. Open Scotland? offers an insight to the world of lobbyists, journalists and spin doctors, revealing the motivations behind the news stories in Scottish politics today.

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Philip Schlessinger is Professor and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Researchat the University of Glasgow. He is author of Putting 'Reality' Together: BBC News(Routledge), Media, State and Nation (Sage), Televising 'Terrorism' (Comedia), Women Viewing Violence (BFI), Reporting Crime (The Clarendon Press) and Men Viewing Violence (Broadcasting standards Commission). David Miller is a Fellow and Professor of Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author of many books including Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2003), Citizenship and National Identity (2000), and Principles of Social Justice (1999).

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A brilliant new study -- Peter Preston Not only does this case study shed needed light on the importance of institutional structures to the quality of public communications, but its detailed and multifaceted analysis of the inner workings of an actual public sphere sets this book apart as a notable contribution to the growing literature on public communications systems. This fascinating and well-researched study explores just how far the opportunity for making a new politics and encouraging a different political culture has been recognised ... Its judgements are made on the basis of a far more comprehensive body of evidence than most accounts of similar topics... this study deserves attention from anyone concerned about the present conditions of mediated democracy and the real limitations on getting very far beyond them. A brilliant new study Not only does this case study shed needed light on the importance of institutional structures to the quality of public communications, but its detailed and multifaceted analysis of the inner workings of an actual public sphere sets this book apart as a notable contribution to the growing literature on public communications systems. This fascinating and well-researched study explores just how far the opportunity for making a new politics and encouraging a different political culture has been recognised ... Its judgements are made on the basis of a far more comprehensive body of evidence than most accounts of similar topics... this study deserves attention from anyone concerned about the present conditions of mediated democracy and the real limitations on getting very far beyond them.

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I- Journalists; 2. The BBC and devolution; 3. The press prepares for Holyrood; 4. Writing the rules of the game; 5. The 'new' political journalism; Part II - Spin Doctors; 6. Scottish Office information management:; From the Tories to New Labour; 7. Preparing to devolve in the Scottish Office; 8. 'It's a doddle' - the voter education campaign; 9. Scotland in a spin; Part III - Lobbyists; 10. Preparing for Holyrood; 11. Jockeying for position; 12. Lobbygate; 13. The lie of the land:; regulating lobbying in Scotland; 14. Open Scotland?.