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Dear all,
I am looking for French native speaker scholar on Communication theories (Political Communication, International Communication) to apply for a national funding program that support a book translation from Chinese to French (could be from Chinese to English to French). Please contact me if anyone is interested.
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Bonjour,
Je viens de lire votre appel. Pourriez-vous m'en dire plus, s'il vous plaît ?
Cordialement,
Sara
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The COVID-19 Global leadership Performance Index
I like to improve methodology and survey questions for the project- The COVID-19 Global leadership Performance Index. Link to survey form is given below:
fur further details, kindly refer to the project section. I seek academic collaboration from different countries' researchers and seek cooperation from them in collecting survey information and ask them to join me in this academic pursuit where they can be part of a research team, which will publish papers based on data.
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Dear Dr. Masood Ahmed ,
Visionary leadershipin Covid-19 is essential for the development of a Company and the motivation of its employees. Keeping these factors clear, here are some questions you can include in an Engagement assessment to find out how "your team" is doing:
Labor Clarity:
Do you know what your role is in the company?
Do you know how your work impacts the company?
Do you consider that you have the necessary skills to do your job in the best possible way?
Quality of Labor Relations:
Is there trust and respect within your team?
Do they share and teach knowledge within your team?
Does your team help you complete your work?
Leadership Quality:
Does your boss give you feedback, telling you what you do well and how to improve?
Does your boss worry about balancing your workload so that your work doesn't interfere with your personal life?
Does your boss treat you with respect?
Please see this links:
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The COVID-19 Global leadership Performance Index
I like to improve methodology and survey questions for the project- The COVID-19 Global leadership Performance Index. Link to survey form is given below:
fur further details, kindly refer to the project section. I seek academic collaboration from different countries' researchers and seek cooperation from them in collecting survey information and ask them to join me in this academic pursuit where they can be part of a research team, which will publish papers based on data.
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The above are old lits though but details comprehensively traits of visionary leaders pre-covid.
Also see bluecolar leadership on Linkedin.
Hope it helps.
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Dear scientific community,
What literature about political communication or social media, or political communication through social media can you advise me to read? Thank you very much.
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An Introduction to Political Communication by Brian McNair is a good book
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I am writing a research paper in which I will be analyzing propaganda narratives and conspiracy theories from the semiotics perspective. So, what kind of research design should be followed?
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Thank you for answering my question.
The most famous conspiracy theory in Japan is "The Great Prophecy of Nostradamus". Written by Ben Goto in 1973. Japan is not a Christian country. I can't find any English literature, but it's very famous in Japan. A religious group "Aum Shinrikyo" has teamed up with Japanese college students and intellectual elites to cause a terrorist attack. Tokyo Sarin ttack. Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. March 20, 1995. 14 dead. 6300 injured. Since then, conspiracy theory has become taboo in Japan, and the university management system has changed. Research on conspiracy theory has also been delayed.
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Dear friends.
I have been been involved in journalism for the majority of my adult life, both as a talk radio host, but later also despite my aversion as a child as someone who writes articles, mainly in the sphere of politics and business for different outlets. During my radio days it was almost a natural law that if you covered a political event you had a guest from academia. This is something that has changed.
Today political commentators who are non academics and also not very neutral ( CNN, Fox etc) has taken over the role of the political scientist as the expert in the field.
Academia had a natural place in society for centuries but as of lately political and societal forces has undermined the legitimacy and the authority of academia and science it self as an institution. Former president Donald Trump is often seen as the first "Post truth president", a truth with modification perhaps. In the political arena, far right parties has challenged the very role of science in society and replaced it with spinn. Facts and counter-facts are words many of us have gotten used to as well as alternative facts, reminding us of the scientific streams that claims that there is no objective truth.
Why do you think this is? what are the implications and how can academia make it self relevant again? ( If it is not). Perhaps academia is losing its position as an institution?
Best Wishes Henrik
* Not only right wing parties has a problem with the truth, the same illness has been present also to the left of center.
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Academia is no more an independent institution of society. It’s role is to get supremacy over others, serving as spearhead of the destructive power structure.
Christian Jost is right to point to personal enrichment. The role of academia in society today is to enrich yourself, on the cost of the common good. Academia has become the spearhead to serve the global materialist consumer society.
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Once the campaigning is over, the election is done and results are out, one of the competing parties goes on to win the election. Question is, whether the governance of the incumbent could be seen as an extension of their campaigning carried out during the election and if it is indeed the case then what about the party which loses the election? 
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Yes, the way one governance, particularly in African countries are largely based on their manifesto which they had promised to implement if elected. Since most of them want second term, they will always ensure that they fulfil on their pre-election pledges.
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Political branding has been a phenomenon which has come to characterize the campaigning associated with an election in modern politics. Question is, apart from an election, where else does the concept of political branding find traction in the scheme of a political party and/or leader?
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La marca política si se extiende hoy día más allá de las elecciones, en la comunicación de Gobierno por ejemplo la marca política se usa como parte de la "campaña permanente". Además un fenómeno interesante que estudio como parte de mi doctorado es cómo la marca del líder político se utiliza hoy (al menos en Latinoamérica) de la mano de las Marcas País o Nación. De esta manera el valor de marca es reconocido desde el uso político y se disfraza tras marcas nacionales que tienen mayor relevancia, circulación mediática y trascendencia.
Le paso un artículo que traté al respecto por si le sirve alguna referencia.
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Do you consider the Internet as a media that amplifies or promotes ideology, propaganda, violence, surveillance or control, or as a means to democratize society and empower citizens? Why?
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Technology is agnostic in the sense that it can be used for "good" and "bad", definitions of which will—more likely than not—vary across time, space, and circumstances. Because there is no easy answer to questions about ethics in technology (e.g., digital divide, information overload, intellectual property, privacy, security, work–life balance, etc.), and because people can hold deeply-held beliefs about why their particular moral choice is best, it is always essential to justify why we think a decision is right and another is wrong. Considering the (admittedly fast-growing) ethical predicaments of information and communication technology from a variety of different perspectives will profit all.
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A theory which can be related to the area of political communication and mass media. Attachment of any related study in the area would be highly appreciated.
Thank you
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social behavior theory Barira Bakhtawar
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How far digital technological innovations have succeeded in overcoming political apathy and political disengagement? If your answer goes utopian way, how sustainable will that change be? Do we have any empirical evidence which may suggest that the change in real sense is sustainable?
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Obviously, real democracy is possible only when each voter has enough intellectual power and knowledge. It would be great to have something like exams for driver or shooter licence - "voter licence" - basic questions from history, logic, fundamentals of natural sciences (school level). Otherwise, it is not democracy, it is ochlocracy: TV stars, sportsmen, populists, etc. (of course, paid by serious persons - oligarchs, who will get real power) to be elected.
There is one nice movie "Idiocracy" (2006), looks like a prediction...
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The social media is abuzz with a lot of action these days what with every organization worth its salt making its presence felt on social media. Question is, is the time ripe to claim that social media could very well help in gauging how effective the performance of a particular organization is? And could the same parameters be applied to political parties and leaders? Asking so because of late, social media has come to play an increasingly significant role in the build-up to the election during the campaigning phase.
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Yes, actually social media activities are also frequently used in political marketing practices. For example, Obama is one of the presidents who benefited most from this concept. During the campaign process, the on-line question and answer sections on the voters with Facebook made it possible for the voters to receive immediate answers to their questions, while the leader also identified the voter problems through face-to-face interviews and contributed to the effectiveness and efficiency of the promotion and advertising activities.
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How important online discussions (forums, social media, microblogging etc.) are in the process of shaping the public agenda and political participation? We have already know that media coverage affects peoples' perception about particular socio-political issues. Thanks to the media outlets one can deepen knowledge, fulfill the information gap and look "beyond the box" . Nevertheless, users comments are no less important. Interesting here is to what extent users' comments/opinions (malicious, substantive etc.) can affect the degree of political views and participation (particularly voting act) of other users? Does offended comments have more impact on that ? Does the spiral of silence still applicable? I'd love to know your opinions on that matter!
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The point is that comments on social media do affect political attitudes and behavior, for good or worse. Especially nowadays, when people do not read books anymore. In fact, most of them read 4-5 lines on Facebook or 1-2 lines on Twitter.
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The ability of using particular research methods is very important. It can makes the research more comprehensive, interesting and sufficiently exhausted. After reading many books, I noticed they encompass several ways of using (logistically) particular perspectives in political science analyses. Although I have found some common elements of some approaches presented there, I`m curious if we can ask about: (1) the balance when it comes to applying qualitative, quantitative or both research methods (number of them) ? (2) Which methods are more efficient (whether it is better to use quantitative research methods first supplying them by qualitative ones or other way) ? (3) Where is the limit for expanding our research - is it infinite ? (4) Where is the so-called endpoint for analysis processing ? (5) Does aforementioned limit of using additional research methods exist ? (6) How important the triangulation of research methods is ?
The discussion is more technically oriented. It is focused mostly on some kind of correctness when it comes to processing any empirical research.
So I'd love to talk to you all, and invite you to take part in this discussion.
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There are quite a number of books on "mixed methods research" that directly address the kinds of questions you are asking (two well-known ones are by Creswell & Plano-Clark, and Creamer).
One thing that mixed methods does is to consider the match between a variety of research designs and the kinds of questions that are commonly asked in the field. For example, sequential exploratory designs can be represented as qual --> QUANT, where qualitative methods are used to develop the content of largely qualitative studies. Alternatively, sequential explanatory designs (QUANT --> qual) use follow-up qualitative studies to better understand the outcomes from earlier quantitative research.
But notice that neither of those designs features a major QUAL study, where designs like that are known as "qualitatively driven" mixed methods.
Finally, the term "triangulation" is now considered out of date because it came to mean too many different things. On the one hand, it could mean "convergence" where you compare whether the two methods produce similar results. On the other hand, it could mean "complementarity" where each method adds a different strength to the overall project.
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The level of public debate has an impact on the behavior of ordinary people, consent to hatred, lack of consistency for inciting violence, is not without impact on the actual acts of barbarity. This is an extremely hot topic, especially today in my country, where yesterday during a charity event the president of one of the largest polish cities was attacked and seriously wounded .
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Very good discussion, Hope that people will join in. In my opinion, identity-based populism is extremely dangerous in this respect. The populists who "want their country back" sooner or later will promote hate speech, first toward migrants. For the time being, they have started building fences at the borders (Trump, Orban). It is also worrisome the alliance between Italian and Polish populists.
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I'm doing a content analysis of political debates (20/20 total) broadcast before a specific election (census sample). My content analysis specifically observes and codes negative appeals in terms of two groups by political affiliation. Which statistical test/analysis should be considered for the analysis?
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I guess you could "pair" the two candidates from each debate.
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My research deals with the Political comunication used by the Feminist parties all around the Europe (in particular in Germany and in the Scandinavian countries). My aim is to demonstrate the differences between this kind of, atypical, party and the "normal" one (Democrats and Republicans, more or less, shared from all the European countries).
So, Is there any of you who could suggest me some books or articles for having more basic knowledges about that topic (I am already studying Political Comunication, so I already have the basic info about the general topic)?
Thanks to all of you!
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For the topic you can see some papers:
1. Elizabeth Evans, & Meryl Kenny. (2017). The Women’s Equality Party and the 2017 General Election. Available at: http://www.electionanalysis.uk/uk-election-analysis-2017/section-4-parties-and-the-campaign/the-womens-equality-party-and-the-2017-general-election/
2. Baxter J. (2003) Positioning gender in discourse: A feminist methodology. Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
3. Braden, M. (1996) Women politicians and the media. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.
4. Childs, S. (2004) New Labour’s women MPs: women representing women. New York: Routledge.
5. Dolan, K. (2004) Voting for women : how the public evaluates women candidates. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.
6. Gill, R. (2007) Gender and the Media. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA: Polity Press.
7. Ross, K. (2002) Women, politics, media : uneasy relations in comparative perspective. Cresskill, N.J. : Hampton Press.
8. Political handbags. The representation of women politicians, by Helena Markstedt (2007). Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/media-and-communications/assets/documents/research/msc-dissertations/2007/Markstedt-final.pdf
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There have been repeated accusations that Sen systematically misstated the facts in his sources. These have been meticulously referenced, comparing what he said, with what his sources actually said. The implication is that his work on this is a work of fiction.
See for example the work of Bowbrick, Tauger, Nolan, and others.
And Sen has not attempted to show that he did not misstate the facts.
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I think that Sen's work revealed what people working in a more applied way on hunger said even before him: hunger is often the result of poverty than insuffieint food being produced. When the idea of food enttitlement decline came up, many I know said that this is little new, but obviously it was new in academia. The myths about hunger were taken up already by Frances Moore Lappé, Joseph Collins in 1977. Also in many NGOs working in the fields of food security the idea that hunger and also starvation is caused by poverty was not entirely new. Beyond that, of course, one can only establish command over food that is there, so the supply side is not entirely out, but food security is a combination of the supply and demand side of food.
Lappe, F. M., Collins, J., & Fowler, C. (1977). Food first. Beyond the myth of scarcity. Houghton Mifflin Co..
Lappé, F. M., & Collins, J. (1986). World hunger: Twelve myths.
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There have been many proponents of the concept of political branding which is basically an amalgamation of the dual concepts of politics and branding. Question is, what all activities and events as practiced and performed by the political parties and leaders would qualify to be considered under the concept of political branding? Asking this question so as to understand how well the concept of political branding could be understood in terms of these of activities.
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For some scholars, political branding is the lens by which all the communications pass (look to Marland (2016, etc)). Or Needham (2005) proposes that a party who forms the government can use those resources to reinforce his own brand. We can imagine how policies can become a way to reinforce a certain element of the brand of the party.
So in a way, I would say that every activities of a party/government has the potentiel to reinforce a brand or modify it, whenever the party does it consciously or not.
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Does anyone study the distribution of Ipomoea in the world?
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c. 650 spp. in trop. & warm temp. regions (according to MABBERLEY'S
PLANT-BOOK, 3rd edition, 2008)
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NOTE: To avoid misunderstandings, please let me say that I am following this interesting project as an independent and autonomous researcher that is spontaneously curious about this issue and because it relates with my background (as an Electronic Engineer) and my previous research. In no way this implies any obligation with the institution or researchers associated to this Project. I also keep my right and freedom of physical and intellectual mobility to do and publish my research with full autonomy and independence. Except if it will appear a comment stating the opposite here, the acceptance of this note implies acceptance of the parts. Thank you for your understanding. Juan F Gomez-Molina.    **Spanish: NOTA: Para evitar malentendidos, permítanme decirles que estoy siguiendo este interesante proyecto como investigador independiente y autónomo que tiene curiosidad espontánea sobre este tema y porque se relaciona con mi formación (como Ingeniero Electrónico) y mi investigación anterior. De ninguna manera esto implica ninguna obligación con la institución o los investigadores asociados a este Proyecto. También mantengo mi derecho y libertad de movilidad física e intelectual para hacer y publicar mi investigación con plena autonomía e independencia. Excepto si aparece un comentario afirmando lo contrario aquí, la aceptación de esta nota implica la aceptación de las partes. Gracias por su comprensión. Juan F Gomez-Molina
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Gracias Pablo por entender y apoyar las complejas situaciones en las que nos vemos los que publicamos en ciencia con grupos científicos o de una manera independiente/multi-institucional… Mira por ejemplo la marcha sobre el libre intercambio de ideas en http://www.sfn.org/marchforscience.
Sigo el  programa que tienes con Andres en radio bolivariana sobre ciencia, buenísimo!
Claro, espero leer tus discusiones sobre el tema, así sea para hacerte barra JA JA JA.
Seguimos en contacto y quedo pendiente de las noticias de ustedes en este proyecto!
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La creatividad y la innovación son herramientas diferentes, pero que trabajan en conjunto para dar como resultado la generación de aquellos cambios dentro de la organización que conlleven una mayor satisfacción a sus clientes. Por esta razón, es importante inculcar a los jóvenes universitarios que sean creativos e innovadores en sus aspiraciones y proyectos para encontrar soluciones ingeniosas a diversos problemas mediante la aplicación sus conocimientos y habilidades.
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Los jóvenes universitarios presentan una mejor preparación, llevándolos a poseer más y mejores herramientas para enfrentar un emprendimiento.  
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Primero que nada felicidades por la propuesta. Entiendo que esto que van a hacer tiene muchas aplicaciones pero quería saber si ya están pensando en alguna aplicación puntual. 
Me yo trabajo en sustainable business development, y me gustaría saber si podría haber alguna conexión
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Dear David,
I do not know what type of business u r involved. Mention the bussiness details, I will tel u know the applicability of my project in your bussiness
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can someone please recommend me coding sheet for content analysis of political comedy programs?
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Just sit down and think about what you want to ask. Then consider your questions or scales. Its not difficult to develop a set of scales once you know what material you want to analyse. I help stage I students create effective coding sheets regularly. Mostly you just need to think what you want to know.
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I am trying to uncover the various reasons why 'right-wing' ideology often fails to gain the same public acceptance (as 'morally correct') as liberal/left ideologies. I am looking at the communication of ideology per se, that is, through narratological tools. I am focusing on magazine and newspaper articles from the Indian subcontinent specifically, and how they sway the reader towards a 'correct' conclusion. However, I am at a complete loss as to how to ground this research. Are there any suggestions for research conducted on the intersections between ideology and narratology, specifically focused on political communication?
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Thank you, Girish Sir. 
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Hello everybody. I am a chilean journalist and I need papers recently released about social networks and politics. In order to develop special reports about this matter in my country. Thanks.
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RAND Corporation. global policy think tank.maybe you can search it on the website:   www.rand.org.
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Is it possible to apply a quantitative methodology in the study of this phenomenon
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I recommend a content analysis for a quantitative data analysis. Quite doable with print media, social media text, visual media such as photos, television, internet images), The topic itself is outside of my scope, but the phrase 'mediatization of politics' implies change over time or, in qualitative terms, a processual emergence.  The latter makes me wonder if you may want to eventually combine quant and qual. content analyses.  For the quantitative part,  I am guessing you want to perform a longitudinal content analysis to acknowledge the change over time implied in the concept.  I am guessing you will need quite a long time period of media documentation to actually capture mediatisation.  I wonder if focusing on the consequences of social media outlets of this mediatisation would be a possibility.  Then you will have a nice time break between pre-social media of early 2000s and politics after the emergence of key social media forms to see how mediatisation has been enhanced in a short period of time.      
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Slacktivism is defined as "actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website" (Oxford). 
Do you think that civic and political engagement via mobile device will ultimately promote slacktivism? 
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The revolutions in the Middle East in recent years, which were coordinated via social media, riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that were stimulated by Twitter, and other recent events show that social media certainly an be used for social action.
But simply "making this your status for an hour" or other things you define as "Slacktivism" have little true impact because they are very low engagement.  
They may have SOME impact, such as the rainbow profile pictures associated with the US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.  Anecdotally, the rainbow profiles greatly concerned some social conservatives, because so many people were doing it.
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Such as protests? boycotts? or other political activities?
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I am teaching a political communication & Media Lobbying course to undergraduate students. Can anybody suggest me a good handbook on this course which covers both political communication and media lobbying.
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Hi Muhammad, 
i think this book gives you a good intro about media lobbying, with united states as example:
"The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics".
not the whole book, but some chapters are really good.
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Lately in his recent works Pierre Manent, the French political theorist and friend of Bloom and others of Strauss students, points to the concept of the political form.
This is especially so in his last three works, the book on Cours familier de philosophie politique (Translated as A World beyond Politics? by Princeton Univ Press), La raison des nations (published by ISI as Democracy Without Nations: The Fate of Self‐Government in Europe with two additional essays not in
the French edition) and his Les métamorphoses de la cité (not yet in English). Some of my French friends pointed me to the work by Claude Lefort translated in the early 1990s as The Political Form and Modern Society.
I raised the issue that what Mannet and Lefort speak of is not at all consistent with what Leo Strauss teaches about the polis and the state being the two forms of the political community, that the nation is merely something that because of the modern state becomes politically viable where as prior to the state, it was something subpolitical. Strauss spoke of the tribe (nation), Empire and the city/polis‐‐latter being the political community per se. Whereas Manent insists on the political form being tha city, the nation and empire.
At the time I pointed to the possibility that both Lefort and Mannet get their concept of the political form from the early Schmitt, especially in Schmitt's Roman Catholicism and the Political Form (1922) and Schmitt's magnum opus Verfassungslehere (translated as Constitutional Theory by Duke U Press). While
scanning these works by Schmitt I see no reference to where this term political form arises in the writing of others at the time. Schmitt is reacting to the mystical tradition of the state theory that emerges from right Hegalism, the neo‐Kantian legalism tradition of German jurisprudence, and the Weberian‐Marxian
economic view of the origins of modern society (a view that subordinates the state to capitalism as the engine of modernity).
I for a while thought the concept might have come from the constitutional writing of Georg Jellinek‐‐but from my eye he is more neo‐Kantian.... But I am still not as strong on Jellinek to simply reject that link.
Does anyone among us can either make a case that I am wrong and the concept comes from either Jellinek or others and Schmitt is using a concept common. Or that Schmitt himself coins the concept.
I know this is a bit off Strauss per se but it does deal with an attempt to defend his position in The City and Man counter what I see in Manent.
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Dear Clifford,
thanks for your kind notice, it is good to hear that in some respect I had a good intuition. ANd again, it is a good cautionary remark that translations may easily misrepresent their authors.
Best,
Ferenc
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There are plenty of organizations which work organizing people focused on local volunteers from the community. Democratic party was aware of their potential and they built a great campaign based on them. However, what is happening with the GOP?
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Two GOP strategies come to mind.  First, there was the Republican appeal to white, conservative, religious evangelicals through a grassroots approach, particularly in key areas in "Bible Belt" states. Many of these individuals were chronic nonvoters, but many of them did vote in 1980 and helped to elect Reagan to his first term.  
Second, at roughly the same time, Republican candidates began to run for local political offices, such as school boards, town and city councils, as well as local executive positions.  Such local political offices had come to be largely ignored by both major parties.  This focus on electoral politics at the local, grassroots level ultimately helped the GOP build strength and win offices at the state and national level.
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Transparency in political decision-making is often proposed as a remedy to failures of the political agency. However, a small number of recent theoretical contributions (e.g. Prat 2005 or Fox 2007) discuss potential negative consequences of transparency in political decision-making on the quality of policy outcomes and representation of voter preferences, particularly when actions of politicians such as individual votes are recorded and made publicly available.
We (Stadelmann et al. 2014) try to identify the impact of transparency in political decision-making on the quality of political representation with a difference-in-difference strategy. The quality of political representation is measured by the observed divergence of parliamentary decisions from revealed voter preferences on identical issues. Full transparency of actions of individual politicians does not decrease divergence from voter preferences.
When can transparency of individual actions of politicians pose problems?
Can transparency alone have a significant effect on the quality of political representation or does it need to be complemented with other institutional reforms?
Cited references:
Fox, J. (2007), 'Government Transparency and Policymaking', Public Choice 131(1-2), 23-44.
Prat, A. (2005), 'The Wrong Kind of Transparency', American Economic Review 95(3), 862-877.
Stadelmann, D.; Portmann, M. & Eichenberger, R. (2014), 'Full Transparency of Politicians' Actions Does Not Increase the Quality of Political Representation', Journal of Experimental Political Science 1, 16-23.
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I am not sure you can measure the quality of political representation based on the closeness of politicians actions to voters’ claimed preference.
First, what “the people” say they want may or may not reflect what they actually want, a social desirability bias factors into any poll. Additionally poll questions are often flawed, poll the wrong people (Dewy Wins) or just use other combinations of bad methods. an aggregate “poll of polls” or FiveThirtyEight-style model does better than using a single poll, but still has flaws.
Second, representatives are elected to make the hard choices (theoretically) that are in the best interest (theoretically) of his/her constituents, constituency and area the body represents (municipality, state, country). This could be in direct conflict with the will of the people, but in the best interest of the people.
Third, even with more access than ever before, those not elected, and those who’s jobs do not involve following every political movement do not have the time to know every detail of every policy. And even officials an the “political class” do not have the time to do this for every issue. That is one of the reasons representative democracy has existed for thousands of years. We, the unelected have to put these decisions in the hands of others.
Would not high-quality representation be an instance of a lawmaker taking an unpopular vote he/she knows is right, and ultimately turns out to be a “good” vote, but could cost his/her seat in the next election? Is that not why these people are elected?
Not to dive too much into the realm of fiction, but full transparency by politicians is explored in Dave Eggers 2013 novel “The Circle.” In the novel, politicians from the municipal to national level wear body cameras and record their every interaction as do their staffs.
Full transparency in this regard is impossible, first because it creates a tremendous amount of data that needs to be sorted, indexed and quantified. Second there is information that cannot be recorded. In the U.S. one Senate committee promised to keep the identity of a Senator who proposed tax-reform ideas secret for 50 years because of the potential backlash of “doing the right thing” or “taking bold steps.”
I support transparency, but am not sure what you mean by that. Is it televising and steaming all hearings and proceedings? Is it posting every interaction a member has? Staff? Posting public schedules? Private schedules?
I am sure this all reflected my U.S.-based view of the world where we do not have a parliamentary model, and where proportional representation does not exist at the national, state or largely municipal level (although it might somewhere). Here we elect individuals for a fixed set of years (2, 4 or 6 at the national level with Judges appointed for a period of good behavior, usually life or retirement) and do not call for elections on a national level outside of our national election day, although there are always special elections to fill open seats.
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Do you think social media has become more important than traditional media in political communication? I think it´s 50/50 more or less nowadays.
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Dear Jesus,
I agree with you that we are in 50/50% case. However, at least until now, social media are more independent, and the connection is "horizontal" than top-down. Finally the technology, especially computerts and robotics will change the present society. The problem is if it will be for good and not for bad.
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I think this is the very big problem.
Politicians can’t do that if they want to be secretive.
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The problem with politicians it is not this. A big percentage of them they are corrupted. They collaborate one another but only if there is something grasp! there is no remedy, the only thing is to terminate this transition period and go to the next social paradigm.
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Can they be helpful for increasing information about local politics?
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Absolutely yes! The advantage about comedy is that it can touch on very serious issues including those considered seditious using humor. Further, audiences continue to discuss the comedy show after it ends, therefore getting them to debate and exchange views- and in the process increase awareness.
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I am not clear in which area is most suitable for doing research in political communication.
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I agree with the previous ones. After reading books about the content analysis suggest using special computer programs for quantitative research. For example , computer software -
1. "Concordance". It can create lists of related counts, indexes, words, when working on electronic text. Allows processing large arrays. Allows you to view the correlation between the words included in the dictionary content analysis.
2 . "TABARI (KEDS)" - a program for automated coding of political events. It uses a built-in analyzer for the identification of words used for content analysis. When the program accesses the embedded and downloadable dictionaries. These can be used for other specialized programs such as SPSS and SAS.
3 . "CAMEO" - a system created for coding and analysis of political communication . Includes 20 major categories of event and 200 subcategories , extensive database for encoding names of politicians in the text.
4 . "Qualrus" is a tool of the qualitative data analysis , coding elements of the array for further processing. Qualrus can be used for a full range of qualitative research , including cultural analysis , interpretation methods , semiotics , history, bracketing , empirical analysis , analysis of short stories and works of other genres.
5 . "AnnoTape" - is a software for recording and analyzing audio, video, graphic and text data for qualitative research , marketing , journalism, media, archival services . Writes audio files - interviews , conversations, radio broadcasts directly on your computer hard drive . Can store up to one hundred hours of audio along with text data in one integrated database. Analyzes data , annotating and indexing original sound and text files. Effectively splits into fragments arrays of audio data.
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If the first option is google, what will be the future of the library?.
Interesting report from OCLC.
Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want .
An end user’s expectations and work practices on the Web influence his or her decision to use a library online catalog.OCLC, 2008.
"The findings suggest two traditions of information organization at work—one from librarianship and the other from the Web. Librarians’ perspectives about data quality remain highly influenced by their profession’s classical principles of information organization, while end users’ expectations of data quality arise largely from their experiences of how information is organized on popular Web sites. What is needed now is to integrate the best of both worlds in new, expanded definitions of what “quality” means in library online catalogs."
Executive summary [OCLC]
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Libraries are not buildings,
Libraries are not books,
Libraries are not journals,
Libraries are not electronic resources,
Libraries are the drivers of creativity and ideas,
Even if they only exist in your head.