Sources of citizens’ experiential and reputational relationships with political parties.

Trent Seltzer, Weiwu Zhang, Sherice Gearhart, Lexie Conduff

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Abstract

Strömbäck and Kiousis’s (2011) definition of political public relations stresses that both reputation and relationship management are important to the practice of public relations within a political context. Acknowledging this proposition, we sought to integrate concepts related to reputational relationship management into Seltzer and Zhang’s (2011a, 2011b; Zhang & Seltzer, 2010) model of political organization-public relationships (POPR). Using a national marketing panel, we conducted a survey of US citizens 18 and older balanced to US Census data (n = 451). Respondents were asked about possible sources of information regarding political parties including indirect experience via second-hand reports and direct experience via exposure to the strategic communication efforts of the two major political parties. Perceptions of reputation and of POPR with both parties were also assessed. For both parties, strategic communication emerged as the primary influence on perceptions of POPR while
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-35
JournalPublic Relations Journal
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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