An introspective, retrospective, futurespective analysis of the attack advertising in the 2010 British General Election

Dermody, Janine and Hanmer-Lloyd, Stuart (2011) An introspective, retrospective, futurespective analysis of the attack advertising in the 2010 British General Election. Journal of Marketing Management, 27 (7-8). pp. 736-761. ISSN 0267-257X

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Abstract

In this special edition, the editors have asked us to consider how political marketing has been used in the 2010 British Election, how it is evolving, and the prospects for its future use. We do this with specific reference to the attack advertising employed. Having empirically investigated British Election advertising campaigns since 1997, we also offer contrasts with 1997, 2001, and 2005. In evaluating the use of attack advertising in elections, we reveal how its future needs to be significantly different from its past. In this paper, we begin by examining some of the central contextual issues that were purported to inform the campaigns, and that also influenced public opinion towards parties, leaders, and voting itself. We then present the core arguments that both support and reject the use of attack advertising in election campaigns. We then move on to present detailed accounts of the advertising campaigns for the Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrat parties - using a combination of primary interview and secondary data. Our evaluation of these campaigns focuses on the consequences of attack advertising for political engagement and trust, and thus the reputation of political marketing. This analysis will also include comparisons with the 1997, 2001, and 2005 elections. The paper will conclude by considering the future of political advertising in British elections - as it is theorised and practised in the 21st century.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political advertising; public opionion; elections Great Britain
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Marketing and Retail
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 12:34
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 15:13
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1150

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