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    What determines how much an MP spends on communicating with their constituents?

What determines how much an MP spends on communicating with their constituents?

Why do some MPs invest more in constituency communication than others? Using data from the Communications Allowance between 2007 and 2010, Katrin Auel and Resul Umit identify key incentives that explain this puzzle.

Everyone agrees that parliamentarians should keep in touch with the people they represent: constituents demand more of their representatives’ attention, while parties encourage their members to reach […]

By opening up a distinctive space between academic research and journalism, a thriving academic blogosphere mediates between them

Mark Carrigan finds that academic blogging holds out the possibility of extending the role of the academic, rather than threatening its diminution. It allows for discoverability, less specialised communication, and a degree of space and freedom to extend beyond the realms of research. This was originally posted on the LSE Impact Blog. How do you feel about academic blogging? If you are […]

February 9th, 2013|Impact|2 Comments|

In any walk of life effective communication relies on credibility, emotion, and logic. George Entwistle failed on each count.

The BBC’s difficulties were compounded by a profound failure of communication on the part of George Entwistle. Andrew S Crines offers an analysis of these failings and argues that it now falls to his acting successor to restore the BBC’s relationship with its audience.  When I first starting writing this, I was going to argue that business leaders need to be able […]

Book Review: Political Writing: A Guide to the Essentials

In Political Writing, Adam Garfinkle demonstrates how political rhetoric can be communicated through blogs, speeches, and reports, it provides a valuable assessment and guide on how a message can be conveyed in a convincing and insightful manner. Andrew S. Crines finds that it provides an insightful introduction to rhetorical theory, the character of political elites, and the intellectual heritage of rhetoric. Political […]

Book Review: Media Regulation: Governance and the Interests of Citizens and Consumers by Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone

In Media Regulation, Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone examine the challenges of regulation in the global mediated sphere. The book explores the way that regulation affects the relations between government, the media and communications market, civil society, citizens and consumers. Dr Petros Iosifidis finds that the book’s elegant but rigorous analysis and use of case studies from all over the world make it an essential […]

Book Review: The Media at War: Communication and Conflict in the Twentieth Century

Susan Carruthers‘ book succeeds in exposing the multifaceted and constantly shifting relationship between the media and war, finds Sasha Jesperson. As perceptions and policies continue to be shaped by the media, Carruthers second edition of The Media at War reminds us to be cautious with our consumption of the news and read between the lines. The Media at War: Communication and Conflict in the […]

Book Review: Tales From Facebook

Daniel Miller‘s book is a welcome and distinctive contribution to what is currently a small body of work on emerging online social networks, finds Chris Gilson. Tales from Facebook. Daniel Miller. Polity Books. July 2011. Find this book:    Facebook, the near all-encompassing social network. In a few short years, the creation of Harvard genius and entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, has expanded to […]