Do Celebrity Politics and Celebrity Politicians Matter?

Street, John ORCID: (2012) Do Celebrity Politics and Celebrity Politicians Matter? British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 14 (3). 346–356. ISSN 1467-856X

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This article asks what it means to take celebrity politics seriously. It does so from three perspectives. It begins by looking at the case of New Labour and the role that celebrity politics played in party political communication and in government policy-making. It places both in the context of New Labour’s cultural policy more broadly. This leads to a second perspective, in which the focus is upon how celebrity politics might be seen within social and political change more generally. A contrast is drawn between the ‘late modernity’ approach adopted by David Marsh and his colleagues, and the media-oriented approach adopted by Aeron Davis. Both approaches, it is suggested, invite a turn to empirical investigation, and the article’s final section reviews existing research into celebrity politics, and argues for more emphasis on (a) cross national comparison of forms of celebrity politics, and (b) audience perceptions of celebrity politicians, going beyond the current focus on large scale surveys and experimentation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: John Street
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2012 12:03
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 00:11
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2011.00480.x

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