• This is a big-name author team. All are well-known critical scholars and activists. • Media and politics is a fast-moving field, so a cutting-edge intervention like this will be well-received. • As much as this is a “statement” title from leading academics, the ideas have also been used in the authors' PG teaching. This is a “supp” title that could reach any and all pol comms and media/politics reading lists.

The State of Political Communications

The state of political communications


When top civil servants anonymously briefed The Times in June 2019 that then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was ‘too frail’ to become prime minister, was this simply an inappropriate intervention by two maverick mandarins or evidence of a more systematic effort on behalf of the British state to discredit him and undermine his chances of taking office? Should the fact that military and intelligence personnel provided source material for 34 different stories in the UK media representing Corbyn as a ‘threat’ to national security ahead of the 2019 general election (Kennard, 2019) be of concern in a liberal democracy? That these questions could even be posed reveals the lingering power of the unaccountable interests ...

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