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Congress and the Media: Beyond Institutional Power

Danielle Vinson


Over the last four decades, members of Congress have increasingly embraced media relations as a way to influence national policymaking and politics. In 1977, nearly half of congressional members had no press secretary. Today, media relations constitute a central component of most congressional offices, and more of that communications effort is directed toward national media, not just the local press. Arguing that members of Congress turn to the media to enhance their formal powers or to compensate for their lack of power, Congress and the Media: Beyond Institutional Power attempts to explain w ... More

Keywords: Congress, formal power, going public, media, political polarization, social media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190632243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190632243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Vinson, author
Professor of Political Science, Furman University