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  • About
  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.
1

Lobbyists as professional political communicators

McGrath, Conor Patrick January 2008 (has links)
Lobbying has been the subject of sustained journalistic and public interest for at least the last 200 years. Much of that discussion has had a clear focus on the function of groups as interest mediators. Less studied are lobbyists as (powerful) individual actors in the political arena, rather than simply as people who populate interest groups. While much is known about lobbying, considerably less is known about lobbyists. This thesis discusses lobbyists as professional political communicators. It does so by considering the author's body of published work in the area. That work makes a coherent and significant contribution to scholarship in respect of three key and interrelated themes: • A focus on lobbyists as individual political actors rather than on the organisations they represent; • The professional reputation of lobbyists; and • Lobbying as a form of political communication, based on influence and persuasion. Independently these three areas constitute representative themes in the existing literature. The distinct contribution the author's published work makes lies in its unique connection made between these areas. It describes the fundamental, circular or reinforcing, interplay between identity, reputation and communication. In so doing, it reveals the lobbyist as a political actor engaged in persuasive activities and situated within the context of an industry which is struggling with its own sense of professionalisation. Among the issues addressed in this thesis, with an overarching comparative focus, are: the impact that a single lobbyist can have on the effectiveness of an organisation, the personal attributes of a successful lobbyist, the career progression of lobbyists, the ways in which lobbying and lobbyists need to develop in the direction of professionalisation, how lobbying and lobbyists are perceived by the public, how they are represented in popular culture, the impact of communication theories on lobbying, and the principal communication techniques used by lobbyists in their efforts to influence policy-makers. The published work upon which this thesis rests is always academic in nature, yet informed by the author's practical experience as a lobbyist. It is concerned with 'academising the profession' (by bringing new intellectual perspectives to lobbying); 'professionalising the academy' (insofar as it deals with a relatively novel subject in the academic sphere); and 'professionalising the profession' (by arguing for the need for lobbyists to act in order to shift public, academic and political perceptions of what they do).
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Citizen forecasting in the 2010 British General Election

Murr, Andreas Erwin January 2013 (has links)
Citizen forecasting is the subject that ties this thesis together. Citizens base their vote choice in part on their forecasts who will win the election. We all should care, therefore, about how accurate the forecasts are and how we may help citizens to form better ones. At first the task of forecasting seems Herculean: for instance, citizens need to overcome bias. measurement problems, and ignorance. But other features simplify the task: the British political system is only slowly changing and the public reflects upon itself by publishing opinion polls. Election fo recasting holds challenges, but citizens can manage them without Herculean effort. Indeed, most citizens correctly forecasted who won in theif constituency in the 2010 British General Election. Groups of citizens are even better at forecasting than individuals, showing a wisdom of crowds ·effect. Aggregating the citizen forecasts for each constituency correctly predicted a hung parliament, with the Conservatives as the largest party. Citizens achieved the accuracy without being unbiased Bayesian learners. Although many researchers already claimed that partisanship biases information processing, none controlled for prior belief certainty. All researchers found that partisan groups differ in their posterior belief, but the finding is not enough to show that partisans are biased. Different posterior beliefs can result from partisans proceSSing information in the same way, but starting with different prior beliefs. It turns out, however, that even after controlling for prior certainty, partisan bias persists. Although citizens are biased, they are efficient information processors. They use Ufast and frugal" heuristics that yield by·and-large accurate forecas ts with very little information. Indeed, a simple path to correct forecasting is to forecast the incumbent party to win again in the constituency, and the party leading in a campaign poll to win the most votes nationally. tdost citizens seem to follow this path.
3

The British labour party and the emergence of bipolarity : 1943 to 1949

Stammers, Richard January 2002 (has links)
No description available.
4

Civil society in northeast Thailand : the struggle of the Small Scale Farmers' Assembly of Isan

Phatharathananunth, Somchai January 2001 (has links)
No description available.
5

The impact of electoral propaganda on voter's choices in parliamentary elections

Hameed, Alsarraf January 2003 (has links)
No description available.
6

'Warum geht es in Schwaben schlechter' : the Nazi Party in Württemberg 1920-1933

Greig, Alan Hudson January 2000 (has links)
No description available.
7

Intergovernmental relations in the devolved Great Britain : a comparative perspective with particular reference to Canada

Horgan, Gerard W. January 2003 (has links)
No description available.
8

The failed gulf state : competing visions for the future of Basra, 1921-1929

Visser, Reidar January 2003 (has links)
No description available.
9

Decentralization and income inequality

Beramendi, Pablo January 2002 (has links)
No description available.
10

The prince of the Whigs : the life and career of William Cavendish, fourth Duke of Devonshire

Durban, Michael January 2003 (has links)
No description available.

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