Public-Elite Interactions: Puzzles in Search of Researchers

Dennis Chong*, James N Druckman

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Abstract

This chapter pinpoints the most pressing problems in research on the effect of elite rhetoric on public opinion. It discusses the empirical and theoretical issues in four particular realms, namely the elite strategies of communications, the implications of political communications research on democratic theory, the conceptualization of communication effects, and the conditions that guide elite influence. The chapter offers a personal perspective on each of these realms, as well as examples and key questions that deserve further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728389
ISBN (Print)9780199545636
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2011

Keywords

  • Communication effects
  • Democratic theory
  • Elite influence
  • Elite rhetoric
  • Elite strategies
  • Empirical issues
  • Political communications research
  • Theoretical issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Chong, D., & Druckman, J. N. (2011). Public-Elite Interactions: Puzzles in Search of Researchers. In The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545636.003.0011