Packaging Politics

  • John Street


In the last part of this book, the focus is upon the relationship between mass media and democracy. This is an issue that has been present throughout. After all, why else are people interested in media bias or corporate ownership, if not because of the worry that systematic distortion or monopoly control thwarts or denies the capacity of citizens to judge and respond to the exercise of power? The next four chapters confront directly the question how, in a democracy, the relationship between the political process and the mass media should operate. Each chapter considers a different dimension of the relationship. We begin with the phenomenon known as the ‘packaging’ of politics.


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© John Street 2001

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