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Political scandal : power and visibility in the media age

Author: John Brookshire Thompson
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 2000.
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"Distinguishing between three basic types of political scandal, Thompson reconstructs the development of sex scandals, financial scandals and what he calls 'power scandals' in Britain and the United States, showing how scandals unfold and how they form part of distinctive political cultures of scandal. In the final chapter, Thompson develops an original theoretical account of political scandal and its consequences  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Brookshire Thompson
ISBN: 0745625495 9780745625492 0745625509 9780745625508
OCLC Number: 247586585
Description: XIII, 324 S : Ill., graph. Darst
Contents: List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. What is Scandal?. 2. The Rise of Mediated Scandal. 3. Scandal as a Mediated Event. 4. The Nature of Political Scandal. 5. Sex Scandals in the Political Field. 6. Financial Scandals in the Political Field. 7. Power Scandals. 8. The Consequences of Scandal. Conclusion. Notes. Index.
Responsibility: John B. Thompson.

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Political scandals have become a pervasive feature of many societies today. From Profumo to the cash--for--questions scandal, from Watergate to the Clinton--Lewinsky affair, scandals have come to  Read more...

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