New article on government communication

Now the latest issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics has just been published, which includes an article on government communication. The article is written by Karen Sanders, Maria José Canel Crespo and Christina Holtz-Bacha and titled: “Communicating Governments: A Three-Country Comparison of How Governments Communicate with Citizens”. For more information, see the journal’s website.

New book on government public relations

Now a new book on government public relations has been published. The book is edited by Mordecai Lee, Grant Neeley and Kendra Stewart, and titled The Practice of Government Public Relations. The book includes thirteen chapters:

1. Introduction, by Grant Neeley and Kendra Stewart

2. Government Public Relations: What Is It Good For?, by Mordecai Lee

3. Media Relations, by Jerome Sadow

4. Government Websites, by Napoleon Byars

5. Public Information Campaigns, by Jenifer E. Kopfman & amanda Ruth-McSwain

6. Crisis Public Relations for Government Communicators, by Brooke Fisher Liu & Abbey Blake Levenshus

7. Web 2.0, by Leila Sadeghi

8. Strategic Communication Planning, by Diana Knott Martinelli

9. Ethics in Government Public Relations, by Shannon A. Bowen

10. Doing Right and Avoiding Wrong with the Law and Politicians, by Kevin R. Kosar

11. Internal Public Relations for Personal and Program Success, by Anne Zahradnik

12.Using Monitoring and Evaluation to Measure Public Affairs Effectiveness, by Maureen Taylor

13. Conclusion, by Grant Neeley & Kendra Stewart

Call for Papers: Special issue on Political Public Relations

The Public Relations Society of America and the Public Relations Journal are pleased to announce a special issue of the Public Relations Journal dedicated to the emerging area of political public relations, defined as “the management process by which an organization or individual actor for political purposes, through purposeful communication and action, seeks to influence and to establish, build, and maintain beneficial relationships and reputations with its key publics to help support its mission and achieve its goals” (Strömbäck & Kiousis, 2011).

The special issue will be edited by Jesper Strömbäck and Spiro Kiousis, and submissions should make significant contributions to the profession’s development as well as offer theoretical and empirical contributions to further the scholarship of political public relations, broadly defined as above. Submissions from both scholars and practitioners are encouraged.

The deadline for abstracts is April 1, 2012. Decisions on which abstracts to accept will be made by May 15, 2012. The deadline for final manuscripts is January 1, 2013.

Abstracts and manuscripts for the special issue must conform to the requirements of regular submissions to the Journal, as detailed here. Abstracts and submissions are to be submitted to the guest editors, Dr. Spiro Kiousis, APR, at, or Dr. Jesper Stromback at with the subject line “PR Journal Political Public Relations Issue.”



Welcome to Political Public Relations

Welcome to Political Public Relations, a site devoted to theory and research on political public relations. This site was founded to encourage and spread knowledge about academic research on political public relations, and to function as a resource center for academics and practitioners interested in this field of research. As we have just founded the website, a lot of work remains before it is fully developed, but we would appreciate any comments and suggestions, and if you know about books, journal articles or book chapters on political public relations that we should highlight at this site, please let us know. We are particularly interested in publications in which public relations theories are applied to political contexts or processes. Our contact information can be found here.

New book on political public relations

Now Routledge has published the new book Political Public Relations. Principles and Applications, edited by Jesper Strömbäck and Spiro Kiousis. This book maps and defines the emerging field of political public relations, bringing together scholars from various disciplines – such as political communication, public relations, and political science – to explore this research field in detail. The book connects different schools of thought, brings together theoretical and empirical investigations, and defines a field that is becoming increasingly important and prominent. If also offers an international orientation, as the field of political public relations must be understood in the context of various political and communication systems. In all, the book includes fifteen chapters:

1. Political Public Relations: Defining and Mapping an Emergent Field, by Jesper Strömbäck and Spiro Kiousis,

2. Political Public Relations: Remembering Its Roots and Classics, by Diana Knott Martinelli,

3. Political Public Relations, News Management, and Agenda Indexing, by Paul S. Lieber and Guy J. Golan,

4. Political Public Relations and Agenda Building, by John C. Tedesco,

5. Presidential Public Relations, by Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha,

6. Political Public Relations and Election Campaigning, by Paul Baines,

7. Corporate Issues Management and Political Public Relations, by Robert L. Heath and Damion Waymer,

8. Political Public Relations and Political Marketing, by Darren Lilleker and Nigel Jackson,

9. Political Public Relations and Strategic Framing, by Kirk Hallahan,

10. Political Public Relations and Crisis Communication: A Public Relations Perspective, by W. Timothy Coombs,

11. Political Public Relations and Relationship Management, by John A. Ledingham,

12. Political Public Relations and Government Communication, by Karen Sanders,

13. Global Political Public Relations, Public Diplomacy, and Corporate Foreign Policy, by Juan-Carlos Molleda,

14. Digital Political Public Relations, by Kaye D. Sweetser, and

15. Political Public Relations Research in the Future, by Spiro Kiousis and Jesper Strömbäck

At present Routledge has a special offer where the book can be purchased with 20% discount. To take advantage of this offer, download their flyer here.