Category Archives: Campaigns, Communication and Elections

Presidential-Press Relations and John F. Kennedy’s “Speakers Kit”

Presidential-press relations have received some rare attention in the media spotlight these past few weeks. It began on President’s Day weekend, when reporters were denied access to cover President Obama’s golf outing at the Floridian National Golf Club. The event … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Ideology: Talking Terror in Contemporary American Politics

In May of 2003, during a Press Conference with President Arroyo of the Philippines, President George W. Bush said of terrorists, “You can’t talk to them; you can’t negotiate with them.” In the wake of the events of September 11, … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Republican Party Ideology

The idea for my research topic developed through a discussion with a good friend in a coffee shop. We are both extremely interested in political science, and as we discussed political ideology, I realized how little I understood about the … Continue reading

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Does Social Media Have Limits?

Since my time discussing my topic at the Conference in November I have done a great deal of research analyzing the effectiveness of Social Media in our current society and throughout politics.  It goes without question that there has been … Continue reading

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Music and Presidential Campaigns

When I initially decided to research how music is used in presidential campaigns, I thought that my analysis would primarily employ a historical and statistical lens. I planned on examining how music’s role transformed throughout American electoral history from the … Continue reading

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Challenges in examining the effect of redistricting

Going into this project, I learned an important lesson on the values of checking the literature before coming up with a thesis.  Because it often doesn’t make the news, I assumed the the intensity of study on the effects of redistricting … Continue reading

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Competing with Mayhew on Competitiveness

It’s never too encouraging when, in the course of your research, you find that most scholars writing on your topic have taken the opposite position. After the landmark results of the 2010 Mid-term Congressional Election, it appeared as though congressional … Continue reading

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Presidential Rhetoric During War

For my project I decided to use the Vietnam War as a case study for the way in which President’s use rhetorical strategies to control war enthusiasm. It is a simple thing to say but not all wars are the … Continue reading

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The Surprising Complexity of Economic Voting

When I began to research the relationship between the economy and elections, I initially conceptualized economic voting as a simple sanction/reward process. During periods of prosperity, the party in power would likely accrue benefits from the perception of strong economic … Continue reading

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Some Potential Limitations of Social Media

As I started diving into my research on the use of social media by a sitting president to influence policy (rather than just using it in campaigns), I had several ideas and hypotheses about the potential of social media as … Continue reading

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