This is a systematic and accessible introduction to the critical concepts, structures, and professional practices of political communication. Author Darren G. Lilleker presents more than 50 core concepts in political communication which cement together various strands of theory. From aestheticisation to virtual politics, he explains, illustrates, and provides selected further readings. He considers both practical and theoretical issues central to political communication and offers a critical assessment of recent developments in political communication.

Manufactured Consent

Manufactured consent

The manufactured consent thesis argues that, as opposed to devotion to civic duty, democracies achieve harmony and consensus through manipulation of the people by the skilful use of the media and messages.

Origins and Links

The phrase the ‘manufacture of consent’ was coined by Walter Lippman in 1922 (Lippman, 1997). This built on ...

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