Time for the 2nd Edition of “Political Public Relations”

politicalpublicrelations-fNow Spiro Kiousis and I have begun working on the second and revised edition of Political Public Relations. Principles and Applications (Routledge, 2011). In that context, we are very interested in hearing from those who have used the book in their own research or teaching, or as a practitioner. A lot of things have happened – both in terms of research and practice – since the first edition was published, and we want to make sure that the second edition is as up-to-date as possible.

Thus, if you have read and/or used the book, and have any suggestions for the second edition, please let us know. Comments could, for example, be related to chapters that you think need to be updated, chapters or areas that were not covered in the first edition that should be included in the second, or scholars that we should invite to participate in the second edition. All constructive comments and suggestions are welcome!

In case you have comments and suggestions, please send them to jesper@jesperstromback.com.


New book on social media and presidential campaigning

Now John Allen Hendricks and Dan Schill have just released their new edited book Presidential Campaigning and Social Media. An Analysis of the 2012 Campaign. While not all chapters on a theoretical level deal directly with political public relations, some do, and most chapters should be of interest to working with or doing research on political public relations. More information about the book can be found here.

New chapter on political public relations

It has been a while since this page was updated, and we apologize for that but promise that we will try to be more active here. If anyone has news about books, book chapters or journal articles that deal with political public relations, please let us know by sending an email to jesper@jesperstromback.com. The same holds if you have a call for chapters or papers that is relevant within the realm of political public relations.

Today the website has been updated however with a brand new chapter titled Political Public Relations. It is written by Spiro Kiousis and Jesper Strömbäck and included in the new handbook Political Communication, edited by Carsten Reinemann. The same book also includes a chapter, by the same authors, on Strategic Political Communication in Election Campaigns. Both chapters should be of interest to those interested in political public relations.

New Special Issue on Political Public Relations

Now the latest issue of Public Relations Journal has been published. It is a special issue focusing on political public relations, guest-edited by Spiro Kiousis and Jesper Strömbäck. The special issue includes seven articles, and all of them can be downloaded for free from the website of Public Relations Journal. The featured articles are:

Political Public Relations: Old Practice, New Theory-Building, by Jesper Strömbäck and Spiro Kiousis,

Sources of Citizens’ Experiental and Reputational Relationships with Political Parties, by Trent Seltzer, Weiwu Zhang, Sherice Gearhart & Lexie Conduff,

Government Public Relations and Social Media, by Missy Graham and Elizabeth Johnson Avery,

Political Public Relations on the Net: A Relationship Management Perspective, by Michael Karlsson, Christer Clerwall and Ulf Buskqvist,

Political Public Relations in Advocacy: Building Online Influence and Social Capital, by Adam J. Saffer, Maureen Taylor & Aimei Yang,

Political Public Relations in the European Union: EU Reputation and Relationship Management Under Scrutiny, by Chiara Valentini, and

Public Relations and Public Diplomacy: Conceptual and Practical Connections, by Kathy Fitzpatrick, Jami Fullerton and Alice Kendrick.

Today the page with articles on political public relations has also been updated with these new articles.

New book on Government Communication

For those interested in political public relations and government communication, the new book Government Communication. Cases and Challenges can be recommended. The book is edited by Karen Sanders and Maria José Canel, and includes chapters on government communication in 15 countries across the world. It also includes two broader, thematic chapters, one mapping the research field of government communication, the other summarizing and synthesizing the results from the different country cases.

Program for Post-Conference on Political Public Relations

Now the program for the Post-Conference “Political Public Relations: Examining an Emerging Field” – to be held immediately after the International Communication Association annual conference, on June 22 – is out:

9.00-10.15 a.m: Political Public Relations and Research

– Spiro Kiousis & Jesper Strömbäck: Introductions and Background

– Missy Graham & Elizabeth Avery: Is Social Media Going Grassroots: Local Government Public Relations and Social Media

– Adam Saffer & Maureen Taylor: Political Public Relations in Advocacy: Building Online Influence and Social Capital

– Chiara Valentini: Political Public Relations in the European Union: EU Reputation and Relationship Management under Scrutiny

– Q&A

10.15-10.30 a.m: Break

10.30-11.30 a.m: Political Public Relations and Practice

– Toni Muzzi Falconi: Essentials of Public Relations in Italian Political Campaigns 1963-2013

– Roger Mortimore: The Theory and Practice of Political Public Relations

11.30-12.00 a.m: Roundtable Discussion Between Scholars and Professionals: The Future of Political Public Relations

It is still possible to sign up for this Post-Conference. To register, please use the ICA online registration system at https://www.icahdq.org/shopping/default.asp


Spiro K. Kiousis (skiousis@jou.ufl.edu) and Chiara Valentini (CHV@asb.dk)

Political Public Relations Post Conference

Please join us for a post conference session focusing on political public relations at the 2013 ICA conference on June 22 (Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon). The half-day event will be held at the Hilton Metropole London Hilton.

Overview: Public relations efforts are more pervasive in political communication today than ever before. Still, there is neither much theorizing nor empirical research on political public relations. Consequently, the goal of this post-conference panel is to bring together scholars at the crossroads of public relations, political communication, political science, and political marketing, and to serve as an initial forum to discuss various perspectives on political public relations. Political professionals will also be on the panel to offer an applied perspective on best practices in the field. The discussion will be based on studies in a forthcoming special issue of the Public Relations Journal, edited by Spiro Kiousis and Jesper Strömbäck.

For more information, please register for the session at http://www.icahdq.org/conf/2013/confdescriptions.asp

Contacts: Spiro K. Kiousis (skiousis@jou.ufl.edu) and Chiara Valentini (CHV@asb.dk)

Call for Papers: Public Relations and Democracy

Special Issue of Public Relations Review: Public Relations and Democracy

Special Issue Editor:Maureen Taylor, University of Oklahoma

What is the role of public relations in helping to make society a better place? Public relations can help all types of groups and organizations to participate in public debate.

This special issue will include the most current research and theory development about the role of public relations in building, sustaining, and advancing democracy and/or democratic interests. The concept of democracy for this special issue is intended to be quite broad and not limited to political campaign research. Papers addressing advocacy, community building, unions, lobbying, public formation, and social cause groups are encouraged.

The special issue will highlight a wide range of articles about public relations and democracy. Articles may apply any type of methodology (critical/rhetorical, case study, empirical) but public relations theory and literature need to be central to any piece. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

1)    Measurement of public relations efforts in democracy

2)    Theory development of public relations role in democracy building

3)    Civil society and social capital research

4)    Research about political or social cause communication campaigns

5)    Theory-based case studies of public relations efforts in nation building

6)    CSR and community building

7)    Publics

The deadline for submitting a manuscript for review is July 1, 2012. All papers should be submitted to the Elsevier website found at http://ees.elsevier.com/pubrel/. All submissions must be noted for the Special Issue on Public Relations and Democracy in the pull-down menu.

Submissions can include full-length articles (no more than 25 pages of text) or research in brief submissions (no more than 7 pages and in our format).

All submissions will be blind peer reviewed for this special issue. Authors will be notified about the acceptance decision by Sept. 15, 2012. Articles that are accepted will need to be revised and resubmitted to the Elsevier system by Jan. 1, 2013 with final acceptance for publication by September 2013, for Vol. 39, No. 5.

For more information and submission contact: Maureen Taylor, Professor, Gaylord Family Chair of Strategic Communication, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma, Norman 73019, Telephone 405-325-4015, E-mail mtaylor@ou.edu.