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The Role of audiences in television leaders’ debates and political journalism

Danbury, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-0427-2260 (2021). The Role of audiences in television leaders’ debates and political journalism. In: Morrison, J., Birks, J. & Berry, M. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. . Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Abstract

What is the point of studio audiences in high-profile political leaders’ debate TV programmes, and what should they do? This chapter considersthe first question using Coleman’s Spectacle/Reflection distinction, and proposes that answering the second can be helped by distinguishing between Outcome and Process analyses of democracy. It ends by suggesting that these approaches can be a useful way of thinking about audiences and political journalism more generally, beyond debates and beyond TV.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism on 12 Oct 2021, available online: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Political-Journalism/Morrison-Birks-Berry/p/book/9780367248222.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
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