Government Communications and the Crisis of Trust: From Political Spin to Post-truth

Garland, Ruth. 2021. Government Communications and the Crisis of Trust: From Political Spin to Post-truth. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783030775759 [Book]

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This book opens up the black box of government communication during the age of political spin, using archival and official documents, memoirs and biographies, and in-depth interviews with media, political and government witnesses. It argues that substantive and troubling long-term changes in the ways governments manage the media and publicly account for themselves undermine the public consent essential to democracy. Much of the blame has been placed at the feet of politicians and their aides, but they are just part of the picture. A pervasive 'culture of mediatization' has developed within governments, leading to intended and unintended consequences that challenge the capacity of central public bureaucracies to implement public values and maintain impartiality. It concludes that public servants, elected officials and citizens have an important role to play in accounting for governments' custodianship of this most politically-sensitive of public goods - the public communication function.

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political communication, political spin, public relations, mediatization, post-truth, public trust, government

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


13 October 2021

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17 Jan 2022 10:12

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13 Oct 2023 01:26


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