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dc.contributor.advisorOverby, L. Marvineng
dc.contributor.authorStelmacki, Melissa A., 1979-eng
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Stateseng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Summereng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on December 2, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Marvin Overby.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM. A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Political science.eng
dc.description.abstractWhile much of the current political science and political communication scholarship contends that public approval of the incumbent administration and its policies plays a substantial role in elections at all levels of government, little research has tested the underlying assumption that voters and the media must judge candidates retrospectively in order for presidential performance to matter. I investigate the retrospective hypothesis, as well as four claims made by scholars regarding the impact of retrospective references on the media's presentation of presidential contenders and candidates' chances of electoral success and campaign tactics, by conducting a content analysis of all retrospective claims in 2,880 articles linking or distancing presidential candidates to President George W. Bush during the 2008 presidential election. I find that, contrary to popular belief, voters and the media are not always looking toward the past when passing judgment on presidential candidates. However, I also find evidence that, when the news media presents candidates in a retrospective light, scholars predictions regarding the consequences of link and distance references to an incumbent president hold. In short, I argue that all elections are not created equal; the type of race (contested or open) and candidate status (challenger or incumbent) determine how voters and the media judge candidates in elections.eng
dc.format.extentvii, 58 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb80707944eng
dc.identifier.oclc689033924eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/9269
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/9269
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshBush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-eng
dc.subject.lcshPresidents -- Electioneng
dc.subject.lcshPresidential candidateseng
dc.titleThe Bush effect: campaign news linking presidential candidates to the incumbent presidenteng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical science (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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