The Communications Revolution in Politics

The Communications Revolution in Politics

The Communications Revolution in Politics

The Communications Revolution in Politics


Miracles of technology have revolutionized communications. We take for granted the use of facilities that were undreamed of only a few years ago. The new methods of communication have altered, often radically, domestic and foreign policy decision-making. Political processes, and the substantive outcomes to which they lead, have been modified in ways that call for careful scrutiny. The end of this revolution is not in sight.

Professor Robert H. Connery, president of the Academy, combining his broad knowledge of governmental affairs with an awareness of the significance of technological advances, developed the first stages of planning of this series of studies. Professor Gerald Benjamin, of the State University of New York College at New Paltz, then undertook to define topics and engage experts to write about them.

The views expressed in this volume are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any organization with which they are associated. The Academy is a forum for the discussion of public policy issues, but as an organization it makes no recommendations on political questions. This volume is the 136th in a series that started in 1910.

A grant from the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation along with funds from the Academy's own resources financed this project. The Academy wishes to express its deep appreciation for the outside support while making explicit the fact that the sponsors of free inquiry have no responsibility for the contents.

William Farr, John Tone, and Leonard Smith copy edited the manuscripts and supervised the publication of the volume.

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