Mediatized Political Campaigns: A Caribbean Perspective
By Indrani Bachan-Persad
This book examines the interplay between press and politics in political campaigns during a period of electoral volatility in the country, in which five elections were called in ten years from 2000 to 2010, instead of the expected two. Further, the book examines whether the manner in which newspapers in the country framed the elections, inevitably conveyed bias towards political parties, giving them an edge over their competitors in the run up to national elections.
Chapters include: Media and Political Systems; Framing and Bias in Political Campaigns; The Evolution of Media in Trinidad and Tobago; Case Studies of 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2010 elections; and Findings based on a Comparative Analysis of the Five Elections. A final chapter proposes a way forward for media and politics in Trinidad and Tobago while making a case for an emerging liberal democratic model for media and politics for small island states such as Trinidad and Tobago.
Indrani Bachan-Persad is Unit Head of Economic Engagement and Industry Partnerships, University Office of Planning, the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, and an IAMCR member.
Title: Mediatized Political Campaigns: A Caribbean Perspective
Author: Indrani Bachan-Persad
Publisher: The University of the West Indies Press