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Author Atkeson, Lonna Rae, 1965-

Title Catastrophic politics : how extraordinary events redefine perceptions of government / Lonna Rae Atkeson, Cherie D. Maestas
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 257 pages) : illustrations
Contents Extraordinary events and public opinion -- A theoretical framework for systematically examining extraordinary events -- The media message environment and the emotional context of Hurricane Katrina -- Affective attributions: assigning blame during extraordinary times -- Federalism in a multiple-message environment: are the appropriate leaders held accountable? -- Attributions of blame, political efficacy, and confidence in government -- Attributions, emotions, and policy consequences -- Extraordinary events and public opinion: some broader perspectives
Summary "Shocking moments in society create an extraordinary political environment that permits political and opinion changes that are unlikely during times of normal politics. Strong emotions felt by the public during catastrophes, even if experienced only vicariously through media coverage are a powerful motivator of public opinion and activism. This is particularly true when emotional reactions coincide with attributing blame to governmental agencies or officials. By examining public opinion during one extraordinary event, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Lonna Rae Atkeson and Cherie D. Maestas show how media information interacts with emotion in shaping a wide range of political opinions about government and political leaders. Catastrophic events bring citizens together, provide common experiences and information, and create opinions that transcend traditional political boundaries. These moments encourage citizens to reexamine their understanding of government, its leaders, and its role in a society from a less partisan perspective"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Disaster relief -- Political aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 -- Political aspects.
Political leadership -- United States -- Public opinion -- Case studies.
Political psychology -- Case studies.
Press and politics -- United States -- Case studies.
Public administration -- United States -- Public opinion -- Case studies.
Public opinion -- United States -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Electronic book
Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Maestas, Cherie D., 1964-
LC no. 2011045126
ISBN 1139108565 (electronic bk.)
113954974X (electronic bk.)
1139552244 (electronic bk.)
9781139108560 (electronic bk.)
9781139549745 (electronic bk.)
9781139552240 (electronic bk.)