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Framing politics: The enduring appeal of the poster in British General Election campaigns

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posted on 11.04.2019 by Chris Burgess, Dominic Wring
The poster has been the most durable form of political communication and has played a high-profile role in successive British General Election campaigns. The most well-known example of this was the work of the Saatchi and Saatchi advertising agency on behalf of the Conservatives during the run-up to the 1979 election. The firm's iconic imagery became an electoral issue when the incumbent Prime Minister questioned the ethics of the Saatchi campaign. However, as this chapter will demonstrate, this was far from being the first time that an advertisers' work for a political client had attracted controversy. Rather, the emergence of democracy in early twentieth-century Britain resulted in considerable experimentation with different forms of mass campaigning. Artists, designers and advertisers became increasingly involved in the electoral process through their production of innovative, stylistic imagery as part of concerted attempts to influence a burgeoning electorate. Posters played an integral role in these campaigns; moreover, they look set to continue doing so online as well as offline in a rapidly changing media environment.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Election Posters Around the Globe: Political Campaigning in the Public Space

Pages

339 - 360

Citation

BURGESS, C. and WRING, D., 2017. Framing politics: The enduring appeal of the poster in British General Election campaigns. IN: Holtz-Bacha, C. and Johansson, B. (eds). Election Posters Around the Globe: Political Campaigning in the Public Space. Cham: Springer, pp.339-360.

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© Springer

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of a book chapter published in the book Election Posters Around the Globe: Political Campaigning in the Public Space [© Springer]. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32498-2_17.

ISBN

9783319324968;9783319324982

Language

en

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