Televised Presidential Debates and Public Policy

Routledge, 1999 M10 1 - 344 páginas
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With this second edition, Kraus continues his examination of formal presidential debates, considering the experience of television in presidential elections, reviewing what has been learned about televised debates, and evaluating that knowledge in the context of the election process, specifically, and the political process, generally. He also examines the media and the role they occupy in presidential elections. Because critics often refer to the Lincoln-Douglas debates when reproaching presidential debates, comparisons of the two are discussed throughout the book. Much of the data and information for this accounting of televised presidential debates comes from the author's first-hand experience as one who was involved with these debates as a participant observer, on site at nearly all of the debates discussed.

Throughout these discussions, emphasis is placed on the implications for public policy. To suggest policy that will be accepted and adopted by politicians and the public is, at best, difficult. Proposals for changes in public policy based on experience -- even when scientific data support those changes -- must be subjected to an assessment of the values and predispositions of the proponent. These values and predispositions, however, may not necessarily inhibit the proponent's objectivity. As such, this review of television use in the presidential election process provides the context for examining televised debates.

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Introduction 1 Endnotes 6
Television andPresidential Candidates 13
Candidates in Charge29 The NegotiationProcess 33 The 1960 Debates34
The League Sponsorship
The Audio Check The 1992 Debates 89
Debates 104
Concluding Remarks 133
First Debates 231
Every Four Years by Mandate
Sponsors 250
Public Participation and Debate Scheduling 268
Pattersons Plan273 Chancellors Reform and Rejuvenate 274 Nine Sundays 274 TwentiethCentury FundTask Force on Presidential Debates276
Ideas and Recommendations 280
Endnotes 284

Whos Winning 147
Endnotes 173
Voters Win 181
Image 205
ParticipantObservation and Retrospective
Methodsfor Depicting Communication Events 291
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