Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781847428486 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781847428493 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only

Democracy under Attack

How the Media Distort Policy and Politics

Malcolm Dean

Malcolm Dean

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

With Two New Forewords by David R. Mayhew, and Howard Glennerster
420 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781847428486 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781847428493 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only
The ongoing News International phonehacking scandal has made abundantly clear that the media’s influence over politics is both immense and largely hidden from public scrutiny. As the scandal grows, a question arises: even when they stay on the right side of the law, to what extent do the media influence the political process? In Democracy under Attack, one of the media’s own—Malcolm Dean, the Guardian’s long-standing chief monitor of social policy—expertly indicts his fellow journalists, revealing the ways their distorted coverage undermines democracy.
 
Based on four decades of upperlevel UK government briefings and interviews with over one hundred senior policy makers, Democracy under Attack overflows with incisive observations and colorful stories, culminating in a damning list of the seven deadly sins of modern journalists. Dean’s long experience and insider status inform his detailed and disturbing account of news production in Britain, revealing the connections between what goes on in newsrooms, lobbyists’ offices, and Parliament as well as how those connections decisively shape government policy.
Peter Preston, former editor of the Guardian
“Malcolm Dean had a media seat in the stalls of social policy through four tumultuous decades. He’s been there, seen it—and knows it better than anyone. A vital subject: a definitive book.”
Baroness Shirley Williams
“Malcolm Dean’s fascinating book explores an under-discussed dimension of politics—how policy and political decisions are shaped by the popular media. Many of his examples should cause us great concern.”
Camden New Journal
“If ever there was a bible of evidence to expose how the popular press has not simply abused but undermined the very nature of the democratic process, then this is it.”
Contents
Preface

1. The rise and fall of mainstream journalism
2. An inside and outside look at policy-making
3. Law and order
4. Drugs: tabloid puppets and pawns
5. Asylum: an oppressive media campaign prompts a cowardly political response
6. Labour’s boldest bid: to end child poverty
7. Vocational education: the biggest disappointment
8. Health and social care: the most expensive breakfast in history
9. The disappearance of the housing correspondent
10. Subverting democracy: seven sins of reptiles

Afterword
Index
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