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The benchmark First and Second Editions of Comparing Democracies represented essential guides to the global study of elections. Reflecting recent developments in the field, this timely new edition gives an indispensable state-of-the art review of the whole field from the world's leading international scholars. With a completely new thematic introduction which explores how democracy is built and sustained, thoroughly updated chapters (many of which are also new), the Third Edition provides a theoretical and comparative understanding of the major topics related to elections and introduces important work on key new areas. Comparing Democracies, Third Edition will remain a must-read for students and lecturers of elections and voting behavior, comparative politics, parties, and democracy.

Campaign Communication and Media
Campaign communication and media
Claes H.De Vreese

Campaign communications involve candidates, political parties, organizations, interest groups, news media, and citizens. The flows of communication include elite to media, media to citizens, and elite to citizens–and, to a lesser extent, the reverse flows. This chapter first outlines the actors involved in studying and understanding campaign communication (mainly political parties, media, and citizens). Second, it provides an overview of the developments in campaign communication: campaigns have professionalized and media markets have changed. The chapter focuses thirdly on the regulatory framework within which campaign communication takes place. It considers system characteristics and regulations around political balance in the news, the role of advertising, and the publication of opinion polls.

The chapter fourthly addresses how the three main ...

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