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Author McLean, James S., 1956-

Title Inside the NDP war room : competing for credibility in a federal election / James S. McLean
Published Montreal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2012 (Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Electronic Library, 2012)


Description 1 online resource (220 pages)
Contents Campaigning in Canada: The Credibility Quotient -- Bourdieu's Fields and Capitals: The Implications for Political Life -- The War Room -- The War Room in Action: Tactics -- The War Room at Work: Strategies -- The War Room, Journalism, and Public Discourse -- Political Communication and the Journalistic Field -- Conclusion: Adjusting the Grand Narrative
Summary "The federal election campaign of 2005-06 offered the usual mix of lofty rhetoric, competing interests, and skullduggery. Nonetheless, this campaign laid the foundation for a major shift in Canadian politics, bringing the Conservative Party to power and changing the balance of opposition parties. Inside the NDP War Room takes readers behind the scenes to investigate the nature of credibility in the complex communicative game of election campaigns. James McLean considers the ways in which the idea of credibility is used to explain how messages are crafted and articulated, how journalists are implicated, and what the Canadian public needs to know about what is at stake in the competition for votes. He talks to insiders about their communication practices and strategies, and reflects upon the grand narratives and small opportunistic moments brought before the Canadian public when power is up for grabs. A vivid, first-hand account of campaign strategizing, Inside the NDP War Room offers insights into the NDP breakthroughs of 2011, the full meaning of Quebec's "orange wave," and the future of a party preparing for a new reality."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-212) and index
Subject New Democratic Party -- Case studies
Canada. Parliament -- Elections, 2006 -- Case studies
Canada. Parliament
New Democratic Party
New Democratic Party.
Political campaigns -- Canada -- Case studies
Communication in politics -- Canada -- Case studies
Campaign management -- Canada -- Case studies
Public relations and politics -- Canada -- Case studies
Truthfulness and falsehood -- Political aspects -- Canada -- Case studies
Political campaigns -- Canada
Communication in politics -- Canada
Campaign management -- Canada
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Parties.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
Campaign management
Communication in politics
Political campaigns
Public relations and politics
Truthfulness and falsehood -- Political aspects
Politische Kommunikation
Politics and Government.
Genre/Form Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780773587847