Political Communication and Social Resilience

Migration, climate change, terrorism and widening social gaps are pressing global issues that are communicated through the news media, spread by social media and discussed in high-level summits as well as around dinner tables. Ultimately, they concern the legitimacy of democracy, the foundations of welfare states and the construction of cultural identities. Yet the links between communication, legitimacy and social resilience are often neglected. In a paper authored by Eli Skogerbø and myself we discuss how political communication is a purveyor of social resilience. We focus on the communicative conditions that impact on the sustainability of political systems. The paper has been accepted for the conference “Media and Politics in Times of Crises and Change,” @ the London School of Economics, December 12-13 2016.

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Positioning the CEO

The latest instalment of my research column in the practitioner magazine Kommunikasjon deals with CEO positioning pointing to the following publication: Zerfass, A., Verčič, D., & Wiesenberg, M. (2016). Managing CEO communication and positioning. Journal of Communication Management, 20(1), 37-55. In particular I highlight the finding that the systematization is somewhat lacking.

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ICA is on

Lobbyism is one of the most contentious practices within the larger field of public relations, regularly attracting media scorn. At the same time, scholars have called for more research that develops ethical and societal perspectives on lobbying. Today, in Fukuoka in Japan, Melissa Dodd, Magda Piezcka, Ketil Raknes and myself presented a panel unpacking the arguments regarding the place of lobbying within public relations and democratic societies. Great fun!

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Second edition

In 2009 Betteke van Ruler, Magnus Fredriksson and I edited Public Relations and Social Theory. Magnus and I are pleased to announce that we have just signed the contract for a second and expanded edition. The first edition included chapters on key social theorists like Jürgen Habermas, Niklas Luhmann, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Robert Putnam, Erving Goffman, Peter L. Berger, Dorothy Smith, Bruno Latour, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ulrich Beck and Max Weber. The second is likely to add contributions on John Dewey, Karl Marx, Luc Boltanski, John Meyer, Chantal Mouffe, Harrison White, and Jean-Francois Lyotard. How can these theorists be applied on public relations? Stay tuned for a 2018 release…

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