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Government Communication in Australia

Government Communication in Australia


Sally Young, Ian Ward, Graeme Orr, Brian Head, John Warhurst, Julianne Schultz, Shelly Savage, Rodney Tiffen, Brian McNair, Noel Turnbull, Stephen Stockwell, Dennis Glover, Peter Chen, Rachel Gibson, Wainer Lusoli, Stephen Ward, John Sinclair, Stephanie Younane, Sarah Maddison, Katherine Gelber
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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521681711

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  • Communication between citizens and their governments is a key measure of the health of any democracy. In this book, authors from a range of backgrounds - political science, law, media, public policy and government, as well as those who have worked as journalists, press secretaries, PR consultants and speech writers - assess the state of government communication in Australia today. They consider the political, legal and economic context of government communication including the institutions and actors involved and the relationships between them. This includes analysing the media-government relationship and how governments use 'spin', new media and expensive government advertising to influence media reporting and public opinion. The authors shine a spotlight on the work of government spin doctors, speechwriters and PR consultants but they also analyse the social framework of modern communications and how citizens, NGOs and governments communicate in a mediated world.

    • Includes cutting edge academic research from experts in their fields
    • Includes case studies and first-hand examples from practitioners including current or former media advisers, journalists, speechwriters and PR gurus
    • Interdisciplinary: research is from academics in political science, media, communications, journalism, law, governance and public policy
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    ' … its scope, case studies, explanations and critique all suggest its strong appeal as a second text or recommended reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in political communication and related courses. … Government Communication in Australia delivers significant material to begin filling … a 'sizeable gap in our understanding of political communication in Australia.' Wayne Murphy, Queensland University of Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521681711
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.558kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Sally Young
    Part I. The Political, Legal and Economic Context:
    1. Mapping the Australian PR State Ian Ward
    2. Government communications and the law Graeme Orr
    3. The Public Service and government communication: pressures and dilemmas Brian Head
    4. Business-government communication: power, influence and mundane relationships John Warhurst
    Part II. The Government-Media Relationship:
    5. Television parliament: broadcasting, webcasting and public access Julianne Schultz
    6. Politicians, journalists and 'spin': tangled relationships and shifting alliances Shelly Savage and Rodney Tiffen
    7. Theories of government communication and trends in the UK Brian McNair
    Part III. Government Communication Workers: Spin Doctors, Speechwriters and PR Practitioners:
    8. Perspectives on government PR Noel Turnbull
    9. Spin doctors, citizens and democracy Stephen Stockwell
    10. Speechwriters and political speech: pitting the good angels against the bleak Dennis Glover
    Part IV. Government Use of the Media:
    11. Australian governments and online communication Peter Chen, Rachel Gibson, Wainer Lusoli and Stephen Ward
    12. A history of government advertising in Australia Sally Young
    13. Government advertising as public communication: cases, issues and effects John Sinclair and Stephanie Younane
    Part V. The Social Framework: Citizens, NGOs and Government:
    14. Innovations in Australian government communication Sally Young
    15. Lobbying government Sarah Maddison
    16. Citizens engaging government Katherine Gelber
    Conclusion: the present and future of government communication Sally Young.

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    Sally Young, University of Melbourne
    Dr Sally Young is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne.


    Sally Young, Ian Ward, Graeme Orr, Brian Head, John Warhurst, Julianne Schultz, Shelly Savage, Rodney Tiffen, Brian McNair, Noel Turnbull, Stephen Stockwell, Dennis Glover, Peter Chen, Rachel Gibson, Wainer Lusoli, Stephen Ward, John Sinclair, Stephanie Younane, Sarah Maddison, Katherine Gelber

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