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Appendix C: Journalism: A Guide to Recent Literature - Section 6. Political Communication
As noted in the first entries below, political communication melds many fields—communication studies (including journalism) and political science most obviously, but also sociology, psychology, history, and rhetoric, among others. It also increasingly depends on a whole menu of technologies to connect politicians and candidates with citizens and voters. The Internet is merely the latest. This is a vast literature and one that is rapidly growing. While publications were few and far between until fairly late in the twentieth century, researchers appear to be making up for lost time as elections increasingly rely on media coverage (and as political communications is increasingly a topic of research interest). Every election is analyzed, some many times. Patterns of communication by politicians in office are also a focus of research interest. A growing amount of interesting work is being done on this topic in Europe as well—see Section 10-D; for political commentators, see Section ...