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Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time, by Herbert J. Gans

Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time, by... 692 I POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY but includes rather little detaile treat d ment of life such as it exists in party caucuses , clubhouse primar s, ies ,conventions, the state chairmen' offic s es, the national committees, legislati party ve chambers, or other local es where "parties as organizations" might be found. In Ladd's earlie Transf r ormations of the American Party System (with Charles Hadley) one could detect a certain sympathy with the party reformers .There party reform seemed inevitable and irresistible, the product of politically ascendant middle and professional classes, the embodiment of their desire for open, porous parties that they could hope to dominate. There ,too, the theory of intrapart y democracy was pictured as in tune with American values of individualism, making the claim of establishe party d leadership hard to defend. In the current book sympathy for the reformers is much less evident. Ladd finds the parties to have been more deformed than reformed in the las decade. t "Open" partie sare now viewed as havin g an unacceptab upper-middle le class bias. And the pen­ dulum is seen as having swung too far in emphasizing participation over other value s such as leadershi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Science Quarterly Oxford University Press

Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time, by Herbert J. Gans

Political Science Quarterly , Volume 94 (4): 2 – Dec 15, 1979

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1979 The Academy of Political Science
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0032-3195
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1538-165X
DOI
10.2307/2149642
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692 I POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY but includes rather little detaile treat d ment of life such as it exists in party caucuses , clubhouse primar s, ies ,conventions, the state chairmen' offic s es, the national committees, legislati party ve chambers, or other local es where "parties as organizations" might be found. In Ladd's earlie Transf r ormations of the American Party System (with Charles Hadley) one could detect a certain sympathy with the party reformers .There party reform seemed inevitable and irresistible, the product of politically ascendant middle and professional classes, the embodiment of their desire for open, porous parties that they could hope to dominate. There ,too, the theory of intrapart y democracy was pictured as in tune with American values of individualism, making the claim of establishe party d leadership hard to defend. In the current book sympathy for the reformers is much less evident. Ladd finds the parties to have been more deformed than reformed in the las decade. t "Open" partie sare now viewed as havin g an unacceptab upper-middle le class bias. And the pen­ dulum is seen as having swung too far in emphasizing participation over other value s such as leadershi

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Political Science QuarterlyOxford University Press

Published: Dec 15, 1979

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