Book Launch: Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives

2014 07 May
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Book Launch: Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives

Publicity pervades our political and public culture, but little has been written that critically examines the basis of the modern Canadian “publicity state.” This collection is the first to focus on the central themes in the state’s relationship with publicity practices and the “permanent campaign,” the constant search by politicians and their strategists for popular consent. Central to this political popularity contest are publicity tools borrowed from private enterprise, turning political parties into sound bites and party members into consumers.

Publicity and the Canadian State is the first sustained study of the contemporary practices of political communication, focusing holistically on the tools of the publicity state and their ideological underpinnings: advertising, public opinion research, marketing, branding, image consulting, and media and information management, as well as related topics such as election law and finance, privacy, think-tank lobbying, and non-election communication campaigns.

Bringing together contemporary Canadian analysis by scholars in a number of fields, this collection will be a welcome new resource for academics, public relations and policy professionals, and government communicators at all levels.

Author Kirsten Kozolanka, Richard Nimijean and Ken Rubin will be joining us at this launch

This event will be hosted by Michael Blanchfield, a journalist with the Canadian Press.

For more info on this book:

6 pm
Wednesday, May 7 2014
Octopus Books centretown
@ 25OneCommunity (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)


About the Author"

Kirsten Kozolanka is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She has been an assistant press secretary to a political party leader on Parliament Hill, communications advisor to a cabinet minister at Queen’s Park, and a communications manager in a federal government department. 

Richard Nimijean teaches in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. His research examines the branding of Canada internationally and links to domestic politics and national identity.

Ken Rubin, an investigative researcher, citizens’ advocate, and Hill Times columnist, is a frequent Freedom of Information (FOI) commentator and consultant, whose FOI work has resulted in hundreds of media stories and includes benchmark court cases.

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