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Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland$
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Mark O’Brien and Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380277

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380277.001.0001

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Political communication: an overview

Political communication: an overview

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Chapter One Political communication: an overview
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Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland
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Farrel Corcoran

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380277.003.0002

This chapter presents an overview of what is undoubtedly the most important of the many forms public discourse can take and to offer some insights into the distinctive field of knowledge about political communication that has developed over many years of academic analysis. Motivating this scholarly work has been the aim of developing a deeper understanding of how political power is distributed in society. The chapter maps the major concepts that structure this interdisciplinary field and focuses on pertinent issues that have piqued researchers’ curiosity about power and public communication. It asks ‘what is political communication’, maps the development of the discipline and outlines the issues that have arisen over the decades and, more latterly, in the internet age. It examines political communication as persuasion, as public discourse, as framing, as agenda setting, and examines the role of the internet in political engagement and e-campaigning.

Keywords:   political communication theory, public discourse, framing, agenda setting, e-campaigning, social media, Ireland

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