Scandal! An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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There are many types of political scandals: sex, corruption, and election scandals are but a few. Political scandals are public events that have tremendous consequence on citizenry and can undermine democratic institutions—when we pay attention to scandal, we risk ignoring weightier matters.

This volume brings together an array of academics to explore the impact of political scandals. What makes this book different from others is the wide spectrum of perspectives brought together to help analyze a single subject.

Author Biography

Alison Dagnes is Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, USA. After being a producer at C-SPAN in Washington, she moved to academia and now teaches courses on American government and politics. She is the author of Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24-Hour News on American Politics (2010)

Mark Sachleben is Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, USA. He is co-author of Seeing the Bigger Picture (2nd, 2011), and author of Human Rights Treaties: Considering Patterns of Participation, 1948-2000 (2005).

Table of Contents

Section I: Congress
Introduction by Alison Dagnes (Shippensburg University)

Preface by Lara Brown (Villanova University), Jeff Gulati (Bentley University), Doug Harris (Loyola University of Maryland) and Scott Basinger (University of Houston)

Chapter 1 "Sack the Quarterback" by Doug Harris (Loyola University of Maryland)

Chapter 2 "The Media Matter: Incumbent Scandals, Media Coverage, and Reelection Outcomes" " by Lara Brown (Villanova University), & Jeff Gulati (Bentley University)

Chapter 3 "Scandals and Strategic Positions" by Scott Basinger (University of Houston)

Section II: Historical Accounts, Modern Implications
Introduction by Cynthia Botteron (Shippensburg University)

Chapter 4 "Tom Clark Under Fire" by Craig Smith (California University)

Chapter 5 "A Larger Scandal Beneath a Public Scandal" by Michael Birkner (Gettysburg College)

Chapter 6 "Political Corruption in the PA Legislature" by George Hale (Kutztown University)

Chapter 7 "La Dolce Vita" by Roy Domenico (University of Scranton)

Section III: Shaping the Perceptions of Scandal

Introduction by Stephanie Jirard (Shippensburg University)

Chapter 8 "Scandal and the Politics of Race" by Neal Allen (Witchita State University)

Chapter 9 "He Can't Say with Certitude" by Joan Conners (Randolph-Macon College)

Chapter 10 "Contemporary Apologia" by Misty Knight (Shippensburg University)

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