Public Opinion

  • SAGE Publications, Inc
  • 2013
  • 120
  • English
  • 1
  • 9781452246154

Public opinion - is it a simple aggregation of individual views, or is it some kind of collective-level, emergent product of debate? What is the role of public opinion in popular government? How do the mass media shape public opinion or link it with governmental decision-making? This book explores such questions by tracing the historical development and application of the concept of public opinion.