With half of our eligible citizens failing to cast a presidential ballot, and many more than half routinely ignoring state and local elections, does this phenomenon point to a crisis of democracy? Or, does such behavior simply reflect indifference or even contentment among the public? Should we be alarmed that so many of our citizens seem disinterested and unwilling to participate in the various activities and forms of association that constitute civic life? The purpose of this book is to explore these questions as we examine the well being of our civic condition at the beginning of the 21st century. The studies presented in this volume examine our civic sphere and the electoral process as a communicative interaction among elected officials, political candidates, the media, and citizens.Accordingly, the rubric for our analysis is to examine democracy and the electoral process as a communicative interaction ... studies and essays contained in this volume examine the forms, content, as well as effects of the various messagesanbsp;...
|Author||:||Mitchell S. McKinney|
|Publisher||:||Peter Lang - 2005|