Histories and Perspectives in Media and Politics

  • Anthony Ridge-Newman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


Chapter 2 outlines some of the relevant literatures and historiography associated with the study of politics and media. The chapter aims to present key theoretical and historical perspectives which can help further an understanding of the role of television, as a new medium, in the Conservative Party, during the period 1951–64. Key chapter themes include Britain’s changing social class, movements and structures, developments in democracy, enfranchisement, political parties and media, relationships between party leaders and new media throughout the ages, tensions between broadcasting regulation and freedom, micro and macro cultural contexts, drivers of party change, party models and party organization theories. The chapter concludes that examining the impact of technocultural drivers of change in political organization, across a significant period of time, can help join some of the dots in the historiography.


History Media Party organization Political communication Politics Social change 


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  • Anthony Ridge-Newman
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

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