Articles on PPR

On this page we have collected articles in academic journals that explicitly focus on political public relations and that apply public relations theories to political contexts and processes. By listing the articles here we do not necessarily endorse them, but think they are worth reading for those interested in political public relations. The articles are ordered by publication date. (updated on April 12th, 2019)

– Baumann, H. C., Zheng, P., & McCombs, M. (2018). First and second-level agenda-setting in the 2014 Indian general election: a time-series analysis of party-media relation. Asian Journal of Communication, 28(2), 205-226. doi:10.1080/01292986.2017.1390773

– Blasco-Duatis, M., Saez, M., & García, N. F. (2018). Compositional representation (CoDa) of the Agenda-setting of the political opinion makers in the main Spanish media groups in the 2015 general election. Communication and Society, 31(2), 1-24. doi:10.15581/

– Guo, L., & Vargo, C. (2018). “Fake News” and Emerging Online Media Ecosystem: An Integrated Intermedia Agenda-Setting Analysis of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Communication Research, 0(0), 0093650218777177. doi:10.1177/0093650218777177

– Towner, T. L., & Muñoz, C. L. (2017). Picture Perfect? The Role of Instagram in Issue Agenda Setting During the 2016 Presidential Primary Campaign. Social Science Computer Review, 0(0), 0894439317728222. doi:10.1177/0894439317728222

– Zhang, T., Kim, J. Y., Schweickart, T., Myslik, B. A., Khalitova, L., Golan, G. J., & Kiousis, S. (2017). Agenda-Building role of state-owned media around the world: 2014 Hong Kong protest case. Journal of Public Relations Research, 1-17. doi:10.1080/1062726X.2017.1396988

– Kiousis, S., Kim, J. Y., Kochhar, S. K., Lim, H.-J., Park, J. M., & Im, J. S. (2016). Agenda-building linkages between public relations and state news media during the 2010 Florida Senate Election. Public Relations Review, 42(1), 240-242. doi:

– Rogstad, I. (2016). Is Twitter just rehashing? Intermedia agenda setting between Twitter and mainstream media. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 13(2), 142-158. doi:10.1080/19331681.2016.1160263

– Neil, J., Schweickart, T., Zhang, T., Lukito, J., Kim, J. Y., Golan, G., & Kiousis, S. (2016). The dash for gas: Examining third-level agenda-building and fracking in the united kingdom. Journalism Studies, 1-27. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2016.1181528

– Kiousis, S., Ragas, M. W., Kim, J. Y., Schweickart, T., Neil, J., & Kochhar, S. (2016). Presidential Agenda Building and Policymaking: Examining Linkages Across Three Levels. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 10(1), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/1553118X.2015.1090441

– Kiousis, S., Kim, J. Y., Ragas, M., Wheat, G., Kochhar, S., Svensson, E., & Miles, M. (2015). Exploring New Frontiers of Agenda Building During the 2012 US Presidential Election Pre-Convention Period. Journalism Studies, 16(3), 363-382.

– Conway, B. A., Kenski, K., & Wang, D. (2015). The Rise of Twitter in the Political Campaign: Searching for Intermedia Agenda-Setting Effects in the Presidential Primary. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 20(4), 363-380. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12124

– Santana, D., & Camaj, L. (2015). Facebook as a campaign tool during the 2012 elections: A new dimension to agenda setting discourse. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 4(2).

– Ertürk,K. Ö. (2015). The role and importance of “public information” in political public relations. Journal Of World Of Turks / Zeitschrift Für Die Welt Der Türken, 7(1), 25-41.

– Kiousis, S., Kim, J. Y., Ragas, M., Wheat, G., Kochhar, S., Svensson, E., & Miles, M. (2015). Exploring New Frontiers of Agenda Building During the 2012 US Presidential Election Pre-Convention Period. Journalism Studies, 16(3), 363-382.

– Vargo, C. J., Guo, L., McCombs, M., & Shaw, D. L. (2014). Network Issue Agendas on Twitter During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Journal of Communication, 64(2), 296-316. doi:10.1111/jcom.12089

– Strömbäck, J., & Kiousis, S. (2013). Political Public Relations: Old Practice, New Theory-Building. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Seltzer, T., Zhang, W., Gearhart, S., & Conduff, L. (2013). Sources of Citizens’ Experiential and Reputational Relationships with Political Parties. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Graham, M., & Johnson Avery, E. (2013). Government Public Relations and Social Media. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Karlsson, M., Clerwall, C., & Buskqvist, U. (2013). Political Public Relations on the Net: A Relationship Management Perspective. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Saffer, A. J., Taylor, M., & Yang, A. (2013). Political Public Relations in Advocacy: Building Online Influence and Social Capital. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Valentini, C. (2013). Political Public Relations in the European Union: EU Reputation and Relationshipe Management Under Scrutiny. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Fitzpatrick, K., Fullerton, J., & Kendrick, A. (2013). Public Relations and Public Diplomacy: Conceptual and Practical Connections. Public Relations Journal, 7(4).

– Avery, E. J., & Graham, M. W. (2013). Political public relations and the promotion of participatory, transparent government through social media. International Journal of Strategic Communication, 7(4), 274-291.

– Auger, G. A. (2013). Fostering Democracy Through Social Media: Evaluating Diametrically Opposed Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations’ Use of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 369-376.

– LaMarre, H. L., & Suzuki-Lambrecht, Y. (2013). Tweeting Democracy? Examining Twitter as an Online Public Relations Strategy for Congressional Campaigns. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 360-368.

– Hong, H. (2013). Government Websites and Social Media’s Influence on Government-Public Relationships. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 346-356.

– Sancar, G. A. (2013). Political public relations 2.0 and the use of twitter of political leaders in Turkey. Online Journal of Communication & Media Technologies, 3(1), 181-194.

– Myers, M. C., & Lariscy, R. W. (2013). Commercial speech, protected speech, and political public relations. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 332-336.

– Eshbaugh-Soha, M. (2013). The politics of presidential press conferences. American Politics Research, 41(3), 471-497.

– Hayden, C., Waisanen, D., & Osipova, Y. (2013). Facilitating the conversation: The 2012 U.S. presidential election and public diplomacy through social media. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(11), 1623-1642.

– Kent, M. L. (2013). Using Social Media Dialogically: Public Relations Role in Reviving Democracy. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 337-345.

– Waymer, D. (2013). Democracy and Government Public Relations: Expanding the Scope of “Relationships” in Public Relations Research. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 320-331.

– Lengauer, G., & Höller, I. (2013). Generic Frame-Building in the 2008 Austrian Elections. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 303-314.

– Rice, C., & Somerville, I. (2013). Power-Sharing and Political Public Relations: Government-Press Relationships in Northern Ireland’s Developing Democratic Institutions. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 293-302.

– Sommerfeldt, E. J. (2013). The Civility of Social Capital: Public Relations in the Public Sphere, Civil Society, and Democracy. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 280-289.

– Heath, R. L., Waymer, D., & Palenchar, M. J. (2013). Is the Universe of Democracy, Rhetoric, and Public Relations Whole Cloth or Three Separate Galaxies? Public Relations Review, 39(4), 271-279.

– Yang, A., & Taylor, M. (2013). The Relationship Between the Professionalization of Public Relations, Societal Social Capital and Democracy: Evidence from a Cross-National Study. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 257-270.

– Hwang, S. (2013). The Effect of Twitter Use on Politicians’ Credibility an Attitudes toward Politicians. Journal of Public Relations Research, 25(3), 246-258.

– White, C., & Imre, I. (2013). Acceptance of democracy and public relations: Attitudes in a transitional country. Public Relations Review, 39(4), 394-397.

– Dolea, A. (2012). Institutionalizing government public relations in Romania after 1989. Public Relations Review, 38(3), 354-366.

– Wojcieszak, M. (2012). Transnational connections symposium: Challenges and opportunities for political communication research. International Journal of Communication (19328036), 6, 255-265.

– Ariton-Gelan, C., & Georgescu, S. (2012). Mass media and the management of political crisis in Romania during the election of 2009. Communication & Marketing / Revista De Comunicare Si Marketing, 3(5), 53-66.

– Larsson, L. (2012). From yearly to daily press meetings: The development of the government press relations in Sweden. Public Relations Inquiry, 1(3), 257-283.

– Shi, C. (2012). Political communication as social enlightenment – case studies on political communication practices of Taiwan PR company. (English). China Media Report Overseas, 8(3), 29-40.

– Lee, M. (2012). The President’s Listening Post: Nixon’s Failed Experiment in Government Public Relations. Public Relations Review, 38(1), 22-31.

– Fussell Sisco, H. (2012). Nonprofit in Crisis: An Examination of the Applicability of Situational Crisis Communication Theory. Journal of Public Relations Research, 24(1), 1-17.

– Kim, S., & Fisher Liu, B. (2012). Are All Crises Opportunities? A Comparison of How Corporate and Government Organizations Responded to the 2009 Flu Pandemic. Journal of Public Relations Research, 24(1), 69-85.

– Hong, H., Park, H., Lee, Y., & Park, J. (2012). Public Segmentation and Government-Public Relationship Building: A Cluster Analysis in the United States and 19 European Countries. Journal of Public Relations Research, 24(1), 37-68.

– Sanders, K., Canel Crespo, M. J., & Holtz-Bacha, C. (2011). Communicating Governments: A Three-Country Comparison of How Governments Communicate with Citizens. International Journal of Press/Politics, 16(4), 523-547.

– Somerville, I., & Purcell, A. (2011). A history of republican public relations in Northern Ireland from “Bloody Sunday” to the “Good Friday Agreement”. Journal of Communication Management, 15(3), 192-209.

– Donsbach, W., & Brade, A. (2011). Nothing is as practical as a good theory: What communication research can offer to the practice of political communication. International Journal of Press/Politics, 16(4), 508-522.

– Ormrod, R. P. (2011). Limitations and implications of product-oriented, sales-oriented and market-oriented political parties: Evidence for public affairs. Journal of Public Affairs (14723891), 11(4), 395-405.

– Canel, M. J., & Echart, N. (2011). The Role and Functions of Government Public Relations. Lessons from Public Perceptions of Government. Central European Journal of Communication, 4(1), 109-123.

– Seltzer, T., & Zhang, W. (2011). Toward a Model of Political Organization-Public Relationships: Antecedent and Cultivation Strategy Influence on Citizens’ Relationships with Political Parties. Journal of Public Relations Research, 23(1), 24-45.

– Meyen, M., & Fiedler, A. (2011). Media control in the GDR as political PR operation. A case study on structures of public communication in socialist countries, Journal of Media Research, 1(9), 3-12.

– Kiousis, S., Laskin, A., & Young Kim, J. (2011). Congressional Agenda-Building: Examining the Influence of Congressional Communications from the Speaker of the House. Public Relations Journal, 5(1), 1-14.

– Xifra, J. (2010). Linkages Between Public Relations Models and Communication Managers’ Roles in Spanish Political Parties. Journal of Political Marketing, 9(3), 167-185.

– Strömbäck, J., Mitrook, M. A., & Kiousis, S. (2010). Bridging Two Schools of Thought: Applications of Public Relations Theory to Political Marketing. Journal of Political Marketing, 9(1), 73-92.

– Fisher Liu, B., Horsley, S., & Levenshus, A. B. (2010). Government and Corporate Communication Practices: Do the Differences Matter? Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38(2), 189-213.

– Levenshus, A. (2010). Online Relationship Management in a Presidential Campaign: A Case Study of the Obama Campaign’s Management of Its Internet-Integrated Grassroots Effort. Journal of Public Relations Research, 22(3), 313-335.

– Horsley, J. S., Fisher Liu, B., & Levenshus, A. B. (2010). Comparisons of U.S. Government Communication Practices: Expanding the Government Communication Decision Wheel. Communication Theory, 20(3), 269-295.

– Kiousis, S., & Strömbäck, J. (2010). The White House and Public Relations: Examining the Linkages between Presidential Communications and Public Opinion. Public Relations Review, 36(1), 7-14.

– Molleda, J., & Moreno, Á. (2008). Balancing public relations with socioeconomic and political environments in transition: Comparative, contextualized research in Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. Journalism & Communication Monographs, 10(2), 115-174

– Fisher Liu, B. & Horsley, J. S. (2007). The Government Communication Decision Wheel: Toward a Public Relations Model for the Public Sector. Journal of Public Relations Research, 19(4), 277-393.

– Trammell, K. D. (2006). Blog Offensive: An Exploratory Analysis of Attacks Published on Campaign Blog Posts From a Political Public Relations Perspective. Public Relations Review, 32(4), 402-406.

– Froehlich, R., & Rüdiger, B. (2006). Framing Political Public Relations: Measuring Success of Political Communication Strategies in Germany. Public Relations Review, 32(1), 18-25.

– McNair, B. (2004). PR must Die: Spin, Anti-Spin and Political Public Relations in the UK, 1997-2004. Journalism Studies, 5(3), 325-338.

– Ledingham, J. A. (2001). Government-Community Relationships: Extending the Relational Theory of Public Relations. Public Relations Review, 27(3), 285-295.

– Édes, B. W. (2000). The Role of Government Information Officers. Journal of Government Information, 27(4), 455-469.

– Grunig, J. E., & Jaantinen, M. (1999). Strategic, Symmetrical Public Relations in Government: From Pluralism to Societal Corporatism. Journal of Communication Management, 3(3), 218-234.

– McKeown, C. A., & Plowman, K. D. (1999). Reaching Publics on the Web During the 1996 Presidential Campaign. Journal of Public Relations Research, 11(4), 321-347.

– Hamilton, P. K. (1992). Grunig’s Situational Theory: A Replication, Application, and Extension. Journal of Public Relations Research, 4(3), 123-149.

– Cutlip, S. M. (1976). Public Relations in the Government. Public Relations Review, 2(2), 5-28.

6 thoughts on “Articles on PPR

      1. Gustavo Menin

        Jester … apology for my delay. But, as we say in Argentina … Late but safe. I guess my University will not be in the middle are describing (ja). Most of the pappers are not in the library, so… I’m looking for different ways to find, achieving the lowest possible economic cost. It will be my pleasure if we can somehow contact us! Regards from Argentina!

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