Democracy Disrupted: Communication in the Volatile 2020 Presidential Election

by
Benjamin R. Warnereditor
Dianne G. Bystromeditor
Mitchell S. McKinneyeditor
Mary C. Banwarteditor
Democracy Disrupted: Communication in the Volatile 2020 Presidential Election

20220930

Praeger

Pages 352
Topics Voter Polarization;Sexism;Racialized Threat Perceptions;Presidential Debates;Partisan Media;Digital Organizing;Crossover Endorsements;COVID-19 Information Environment;Campaign Rhetoric;Academic Libraries;2020 Campaign;Politics, Law, and Government;Current Events and Issues

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Democracy Disrupted: Communication in the Volatile 2020 Presidential Election

Author(s): Benjamin R. Warner, Dianne G. Bystrom, Mitchell S. McKinney, and Mary C. Banwart, Editors
Contributors: Warner, Benjamin; Bystrom, Dianne; McKinney, Mitchell; Banwart, Mary;
Abstract:

Leading scholars analyze three disruptions in the 2020 presidential campaign and election: disruptions to the status quo caused by the renewed quest for racial justice and greater diversity of candidates; pandemic disruptions to traditional campaigning; and disruptions to democratic norms.

Democracy Disrupted</i> documents the most significant features of the 2020 U.S. presidential election through research conducted by leading scholars in political communication. Chapters consider the coinciding of three historical events in 2020: a 100-year pandemic co-occurring with the presidential campaign, the reinvigorated call for social and racial justice in response to the killing of George Floyd and other Black men and women, and the authoritarian lurch that emerged in reaction to Donald Trump's norm-challenging rhetoric. The Democratic Party's campaign stood out because of the historically diverse field of presidential candidates and the election of the first female vice president.

Chapter authors adopt diverse scientific methodologies and field-leading theories of political communication to understand the way these events forced candidates, campaigns, and voters to adapt to these extraordinary circumstances. Experiments, surveys, case studies, and textual analysis illuminate essential features of this once-in-a-generation campaign. This timely volume is edited by four scholars who have been central to describing and contextualizing each recent presidential contest.

  • Indexes three historic events that coincided to make this an election that will be studied for generations: the pandemic, the insurrection at the capital, and the reinvigoration of the civil rights movement</li>

  • Utilizes the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as a natural experiment to examine long-untested assumptions about campaign effects</li>

  • Includes some of the most prominent and well-respected researchers in the area of political communication as well as emerging scholars who represent a wide range of academic programs</li>

  • Includes diverse studies from all methods of inquiry</li>

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Editor(s): Warner, Benjamin; Bystrom, Dianne; McKinney, Mitchell; Banwart, Mary;
SortTitle: democracy disrupted: communication in the volatile 2020 presidential election
Keyword(s): Voter Polarization; Sexism; Racialized Threat Perceptions; Presidential Debates; Partisan Media; Digital Organizing; Crossover Endorsements; COVID-19 Information Environment; Campaign Rhetoric; Academic Libraries; 2020 Campaign; Politics, Law, and Government; Current Events and Issues
Author Info:
Benjamin R. Warnereditor
Dianne G. Bystromeditor
Mitchell S. McKinneyeditor
Mary C. Banwarteditor
eISBN-13: 9781440879241
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440879234
Imprint: Praeger
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 20220930