Labour’s attack ad.
Beyond the ethical questions raised by an ad suggesting the prime minister doesn’t believe in sending sex offenders to prison is the matter of whether such negative campaigning even works.
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It’s campaign season in Nigeria. A political scientist shares what she hates and likes about political campaigns.
Supporters of Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema wave during a rally in Mwanza.
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After years of censorship, opposition parties have to – all at once – rejoin public debates, reorganise and remotivate demoralised supporters.
Arizona’s cities and towns have been flooded with signage during the heavily contested 2022 elections.
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Supporters and volunteers love them. But it’s difficult for political scientists to determine whether they even influence the outcome of elections, since no two campaigns or election cycles are alike.
Crowdfunding can be a great way to raise money for political candidates and causes, but it can also have unintended consequences.
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Crowdfunding has become a go-to means of raising money for political causes, but the monetary show of support can cause opponents to double down on their opposition.
Candidates are always willing to outspend each other to boost their visibility during the campaigns amid fierce competition for the elective posts.
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The transactional nature of politics reduces opportunities for debate and dialogue between elected officials and their constituents.
The social media strategies of many parties and candidates aim to bypass mainstream media to speak directly to voters, but they are often not as sophisticated as is assumed.
Zimbabwe’s opposition Citizens Coalition for Change supporters attend an election campaign rally in Harare, in February. Zimbabwe, 20 February.
Most citizens feel that it is pointless to vote because it won’t change anything.
Efforts to reduce tensions between the Koreas, like the 2018 inter-Korean summit, are frequently the target of disinformation campaigns in South Korea.
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Disinformation is being privatized around the world. This new industry is built on a dangerous combination of cheap labor, high-tech algorithms and emotional national narratives.
Supporters take part in a rally as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Peterborough, Ont., on the weekend before the Sept. 20 election.
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None of the three major political parties ran good campaigns this election. But the Liberals are on track to win again due to COVID-19, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the PPC’s improving fortunes.
The emotions we attribute to party leaders on the basis of partisan affiliation may no longer hold sway in this federal election.
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The emotions we attach to political affiliation are shifting during this federal election. The vote may turn out to be a master class in how a party can capture the political mood and use it to its benefit.
Eugene DePasquale, left, Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District, in Harrisburg, Penn., Sept. 19, shows that even the traditional handshake with voters has changed in pandemic-era campaigns.
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How do you run a political campaign in a pandemic? From data brokers to advertising firms to voter registration volunteers, the players in campaigns are making adjustments, large and mostly small.
You just got another – yes, another – political text message.
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Mobile phones across the country are buzzing nonstop with text notifications from both presidential campaigns. A scholar of campaign communications explains why.
President Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft.
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President Trump is using religious rhetoric against his Democratic opponents. A historian of religion cites similar attacks over a century ago.
Trump supporters fight Black Lives Matter protestors at an anti-racism rally in Tujunga, California, Aug. 14, 2020.
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Americans are mad – fist-fighting, protesting mad. And that’s just how politicians want voters in election season. But the popular anger stoked by candidates doesn’t just dissipate after the campaign.
President Donald Trump works on a smartphone, a common tool in his political communication efforts.
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The technical qualifications for presidential candidates are the same, but how people seek the nation’s highest office has shifted over the centuries.
President Trump stressed law and order on a recent trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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President Trump’s law-and-order campaign rhetoric has been compared to Richard Nixon’s and George Wallace’s similar themes in 1968. But such appeals go much further back, to the US in the early 1800s.
Politicians argue conventional campaigning is still important ahead of NZ’s rescheduled 17 October election. But voter behaviour has moved on since the days of door-knocking and kissing babies.
President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
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If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?
Joe Biden’s basement bookshelf has become a familiar background for his campaign videos.
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For many years, political operatives have been perfecting their use of the internet’s vast array of social media platforms, websites and digital tools.