Presidential Communication in Tumultuous Times: Insights into Key Shifts, Normative Implications, and Research Opportunities
political communication, presidential communication, rhetorical presidency, media, democracy
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Scholars have long been interested in the communication of America’s chief executive, but the context in which that communication takes place has undergone dramatic changes over the past several decades. Given this, the present review aims to provide a foundation for new thinking about presidential communication in the contemporary environment. We attend to presidential communication in transition—to the uncertain paths that scholars have walked as they have sought to make sense of executive communication practices in a time of dramatic change. Building from this review, we explore the normative implications for American democracy of this evolving context. We conclude by suggesting new intradisciplinary avenues for future research on presidential communication.
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Annals of the International Communication Association, v. 21, issue 1, p. 21-37.
Scholar Commons Citation
Scacco, Joshua M.; Coe, Kevin; and Hearit, Lauren B., "Presidential Communication in Tumultuous Times: Insights into Key Shifts, Normative Implications, and Research Opportunities" (2018). Communication Faculty Publications. 933.