Political Election Debates : Informing Voters About Policy and Character
Political debates are an important facet of modern election campaigns. How politicians frame an argument, how the audience perceives it, and how the media decides to display it are key components in analyzing the outcome of a political debate, and ultimately, an election. Drawing mainly on the functional theory of political campaign discourse, William L. Benoit examines a wide variety of debates not only in the United States but across the globe. Because each phase of election offers new challenges, specific attention is paid to how primary versus general and incumbency influence the content of political leaders' debate practices. Specifically, the book delves into the history and nature of debates in various United States elections, including presidential, vice presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and mayoral candidates. Also examined are debates ranging from the United Kingdom to South Korea to Australia. Benoit also employs the issues ownership theory and functional federalism theory as a deeper part of the analysis. This book offers a critical examination and comprehensive overview of election debate theory.
- Hardback | 144 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
- 20 Sep 2013
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
- 3 black & white halftones, 20 tables
About William L. Benoit
William L. Benoit is a professor of communication studies at Ohio University.
This book is a must read for political communication scholars. It is rare to be offered a systematic, multi-faceted, and theoretically-driven analysis of a single election component. Benoit's content analysis of United States debates (presidential and non-presidential), as well as political debates conducted across the globe, is unrivaled. -- Lance Holbert, University of South Carolina
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Theory and Method: Functional Theory of Political Campaign Discourse Chapter 3: American Presidential Campaign Debates Chapter 4: American Non-Presidential and World Political Campaign Debates Chapter 5: Incumbency in Political Campaign Debates Chapter 6: Campaign Phase in Political Campaign Debates Chapter 7: News Coverage of Political Campaign Debates Chapter 8: Issue Ownership, Functional Federalism, and Retrospective versus Prospective Voting in American Political Campaign Debates Chapter 9: Conclusion Appendix I. List of U.S. Presidential Primary, General, and Vice Presidential Campaign Debates Appendix II. Viewers for American Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates Appendix III. Forms of Policy and Character in Debates