Politics and the Media

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Journalists and presidents, hacks and spin doctors, media moguls and prime ministers: in New Zealand and around the world, politics and the media are deeply intertwined. Politics and the Media is the second edition of New Zealand’s leading introduction to the subject. The book introduces students to the rich literature on media and politics internationally, covering history, political economy and contemporary trends, and then analyzes the particular shape of the media in New Zealand and its political role. This second edition features extensive coverage of the 2014 ‘Dirty Politics’ campaign, the increasing importance of online media, and updated material in all chapters.


Babak Bahador is a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he teaches in both the Media and Communication and Political Science departments. Geoff Kemp is a senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, where he teaches and researches media politics and the history of political thought. Kate McMillan is a senior lecturer in politics at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on politics and the media in New Zealand. Chris Rudd is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Otago.