Public deliberation is essential to democracy, but the public can be fooled as well as enlightened In three case studies of media coverage in the 1990s, Benjamin Page explores the role of the press in structuring political discussion.Page shows how the New York Times presented a restricted set of opinions on whether to go to war with Iraq, shutting out discussion of compromises favored by many Americans He then examines the media s negative reaction to the Bush administration s claim that riots in Los Angeles were caused by welfare programs Finally, he shows how talk shows overcame the elite media s indifference to widespread concern about Zoe Baird s hiring of illegal aliens Page s provocative conclusion identifies the conditions under which media outlets become political actors and actively shape and limit the ideas and information available to the public.Arguing persuasively that a diversity of viewpoints is essential to true public deliberation, this book will interest students of American politics, communications, and media studies. Download Who Deliberates?: Mass Media in Modern Democracy Author Benjamin I. Page – bluevapours.co.uk
Benjamin I Page is a Gordon S Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University He is also a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Policy Research Page holds a PhD from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.Page works on American politics and U.S foreign policy, specializing in public opinion, democratic policy making, the media, and economic inequality He is best known for his work with Robert Y Shapiro on the rationality of public opinion the general stability, coherence, and responsiveness to new information of Americans collective policy preferences He is currently studying the political attitudes and behavior of wealthy Americans the top 1% of U.S wealth holders investigating how they often disagree with average citizens but tend to get their way in policy making Page s past civic involvement has been limited, but he is now committed to helping Americans understand the barriers that stand in the way of democratic responsiveness.Professor Page s interests include public opinion and policy making, the mass media, empirical democratic theory, political economy, policy formation, the presidency, and American foreign policy He is author of a number of articles, including Effects of Public Opinion on Policy and What Moves Public Opinion, both in the American Political Science Review, and of 11 books, including Living with the Dragon How the American Public Views the Rise of China with Tao Xie, Columbia University Press, 2010 Class War What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality with Lawrence R Jacobs, University of Chicago Press, 2009 The Rational Public Fifty Years of Trends in Americans Policy Preferences with Robert Shapiro, University of Chicago Press, 1992 , Who Deliberates Mass Media in Modern Democracy University of Chicago Press, 1996 and What Government Can Do Dealing with Poverty and Inequality with James Simmons, University of Chicago Press, 2000 His research interests include public opinion, policy making, the mass media, and U.S foreign policy He is currently engaged in a large collaborative project to study Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good.
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- Who Deliberates?: Mass Media in Modern Democracy
- Benjamin I. Page
- 01 March 2018 Benjamin I. Page