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The 2015 UK General Election

  • Ian R. Lamond
  • Chelsea Reid
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Abstract

This chapter uses the framework we established in Chapter 1 to consider how politicians used a number of media events to try and communicate their message during the 2015 General Election. Our interest is in how the media constructed democratic participation at, and around, those events, during the campaign. For comparison, we contrast our findings with those of Colman and his colleagues, who undertook an investigation of the media response to the televised leaders’ debates during the 2010 election. Our findings suggest a growing trend towards presenting politics, and democracy, as spectacle. Mainstream media, we suggest, is now more inclined to represent political argumentation and debate as entertainment.

Keywords

Televised Debates 2015 General Election Mainstream Media 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian R. Lamond
    • 1
  • Chelsea Reid
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom

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