The Branding of Candidates and Parties: The U.S. News Media and the Legitimization of a New Political Term

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Political marketing research indicates that brands and branding are a robust aspect of politics. However, little is known of the broader cultural appreciation of political branding. Through a content analysis of major U.S. newspapers over a 40-year period, we provide evidence that the U.S. news media is increasingly aware of political branding. Moreover, we present a typology of media treatment that indicates that the national media in the U.S. increasingly perceive brands and branding in the public sphere as an innate, multifaceted, and effective part of modern politics.<br />Political marketing research indicates that brands and branding are a robust aspect of politics. However, little is known of the broader cultural appreciation of political branding. Through a content analysis of major U.S. newspapers over a 40-year period, we provide evidence that the U.S. news media is increasingly aware of political branding. Moreover, we present a typology of media treatment that indicates that the national media in the U.S. increasingly perceive brands and branding in the public sphere as an innate, multifaceted, and effective part of modern politics.

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Milewicz, C. M., & Milewicz, M. C. (2014). The Branding of Candidates and Parties: The U.S. News Media and the Legitimization of a New Political Term. Journal of Political Marketing, 13(4), 233–263. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377857.2014.958364

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