By Wendell John Coats Jr.
This booklet is a suite of 4 essays and shorter items which are associated with the topic of Republican personality in addition to protecting such assorted themes as liberal arts eduction and American safety coverage.
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Extra resources for A Theory of Republican Character and Related Essays
It is taken as evidence for the emergence of ‘the new political culture’ (Clark and Hoffman-Martinot 1998), of the integration of ‘celebrity and power’ (Marshall 1997), of the ‘packaging of politics’ (Franklin 1994) and of a ‘designer politics’ (Scammell 1995). For some of these observers, this new politics is to be welcomed as a democratic opening up of the political process; for others, it marks a dumbing down of political discourse. ’ What all are apparently agreed upon is the novelty of the alliance with popular culture and its signiﬁcance for political discourse.
The parody of It’s a Wonderful Life was directed by Stephen Frears (maker of My Beautiful Launderette). The Conservative Party’s European broadcasts 34 Alan Scott and John Street were produced by an ex-creative director at Channel 4, the man responsible for pairing Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen on The Big Breakfast TV programme. This practice of promoting parties through the use of the genre conventions, idols and creators of popular culture has been seen to mark a ‘new politics’. It is taken as evidence for the emergence of ‘the new political culture’ (Clark and Hoffman-Martinot 1998), of the integration of ‘celebrity and power’ (Marshall 1997), of the ‘packaging of politics’ (Franklin 1994) and of a ‘designer politics’ (Scammell 1995).
Some violations of trust never cross the threshold into public awareness, others remain potential affairs stiﬂed by diverse interests or missed or ignored by the media and others become fully-ﬂedged political exposés. (Waisbord 1994: 21) 22 Howard Tumber In looking at the study of scandals it is important to focus on the reasons why some secret ofﬁcial wrongdoing turns into a public event rather than on the factors giving rise to this behaviour. The recent wave of press disclosures of political corruption in Argentina should be considered mainly as a signal of the spread of scandal politics rather than an increase in corrupt practices.
A Theory of Republican Character and Related Essays by Wendell John Coats Jr.