Congress and the Media : Beyond Institutional Power by C. Danielle Vinson

By C. Danielle Vinson

Participants of Congress have more and more embraced media family to persuade policymaking. In Congress and the Media, Vinson argues that congressional contributors use the media to complement their formal powers or to make amends for their loss of strength to give an explanation for why congressional individuals move public and after they tend to reach getting coverage.

summary: participants of Congress have more and more embraced media kin to steer policymaking. In Congress and the Media, Vinson argues that congressional participants use the media to complement their formal powers or to catch up on their loss of strength to provide an explanation for why congressional individuals move public and after they are inclined to achieve getting insurance

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Presidential election years were least amenable to congressional going public, with 15 cases per year. Additionally, cases were more frequent in times of divided government (26 per year) than unified government (19). This pattern was also true of transition years, which averaged 549 cases a year in divided government compared to 491 during unified government. The interaction we see between the political context and the successful cases of going public suggests some limitations members of Congress may face in going public.

To the extent that they do engage in such bipartisan policymaking, members 20 C ongress and the M edia may choose to avoid the public spotlight and the subsequent suspicion or ire of their fellow partisans. Understanding Going Public in Congress Members of Congress have clear incentives to go public by using the media during the policymaking process, and there is evidence that they devote extensive resources to media relations. Furthermore, much of the existing research on Congress suggests the importance of communications and the media to members’ accomplishing their policy goals.

In the 1980s through 1993, that number rose to between 40 and 43 percent. In the final two years of the analysis, leaders were involved in nearly 48 percent of the cases. Much of the increase in going public over time by congressional leaders can be attributed to the increasing focus of party leaders on communication. 1 shows the percent of cases by party leaders, committee leaders, and rank-​and-​file members over time. Although party leaders rarely exceeded the number of cases involving committee leaders, they did narrow the gap over time.

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