• 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.

Elites, Experts, Power and Democracy

Elites, experts, power and democracy


This chapter explores the power of modern-day elites. It asks two things: how is elite power currently maintained and what has media and communication got to do with it?

Its focus is the growing disparity between the visible mediatised public sphere and the more private communication networks and spaces that largely operate outside of the public eye. It argues that, as the former has become louder and more ubiquitous, the latter has quietly been extended and consolidated. Thus critical media and political communications scholars need to be less side-tracked by the loud and brash aspects of mediatised politics, and devote more of their attention to invisible forms of communicative power.

On the one hand, democracy seems ...

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