The Centre for Politics and Media Research and Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community are very pleased to announce the publication of “US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign”, edited by Darren Lilleker, Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson and Anastasia Veneti. 

Featuring 83 contributions from 90 contributors. Leveraging the extensive networks of the editors the volume includes important contributions from leading US-based academics (Pippa Norris, Robert, McChesney and Richard Perloff) and emerging scholars across the world, this free publication captures the immediate thoughts, reflections and early

research insights on the 2016 US Presidential election on from the cutting edge of media and politics research.

Published 10 days after the election, these contributions are short and accessible. Authors provide authoritative analysis of the campaign, including research findings or new theoretical insights; to bring readers original ways of understanding the election and its consequences. Contributions also bring a rich range of disciplinary influences, from political science to history, journalism studies to advertising.

The publication is available as a free downloadable PDF, as a website and as a paperback report. Website URL:

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Thanks to all of our contributors and production staff who helped make the quick turnaround possible. We hope it makes for a vibrant and engaging read!


Introduction (Darren G. Lilleker, Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, Anastasia Veneti)


1. The question of objectivity in the 2016 Presidential Election (Matt Carlson)

2. After Objectivity? (Brian McNair)

3. Journalism and the illusion of innocence (Jay Rosen)

4. Did election results trump frames of newspaper endorsements? (Kenneth Campbell)

5. Trump and mediatization (Geoffrey Baym)

6. The 2016 election and the success of fact free politics (Peter Van Aelst)

7. Trump, truth and the media (Denis Muller)

8. Rise of Donald Trump: media as a voter-decision accelerator (Miloš Gregor)

9. The new normal? campaigns & elections in the contemporary media environment (Michael X. Delli Carpini)

10. Did the media create Trump? (Gianpietro Mazzoleni)

11. Trump, Media, and the oxygen of publicity (Sarah Oates)


12. The #LolNothingMatters election (David Karpf)

13. Evidence for the powerful roles of polarization and partisanship (Judd Thornton)

14. The emotional brand wins (Ken Cosgrove)

15. Donald Trump's slogan betrays a renewed political fixation on the past (Alexandra Paulin-Booth)

16. Dog whistles and dumpster fires (Merrill Perlman)

17. How Donald Trump bullies with his body language (Geoffrey Beattie)

18. Analysing debate questions: is it time to rethink the town hall? (Pete Vernon and Carlett Spike)

19. Image bites, voter enthusiasm, and the 2016 Presidential Election (Erik P. Bucy)

20. Air war? Campaign advertising in the 2016 Presidential Election (Matthew Motta)

21. US election: what impact do celebrity endorsements really have? (Nives Zubcevic-Basic)

22. The backlash of the loose cannon: musicians and the celebrity cleavage (Domagoj Bebić and Marijana Grbeša)

23. The curious case of Jill Stein (Per Urlaub)

24. The Green Party effect in the US 2016 Election (David McQueen)

25. US presidential candidate selection (Toby Harper)


26. Trump-Clinton was expected to be close: the economy said so (Andrew Gelman)

27. Picking up the pieces: the 2016 US Presidential Election and immigration (Jamie Winders)

28. A bilingual campaign: Clinton's Latino political communication (Juan S. Larrosa-Fuentes)

29. How the wall with Mexico symbolizes the Utopia of Trumps' supporters (Marc Hooghe and Sofie Marien)

30. After the election: Trump's wall (Lise Nelson)

31. Trump's Global War on Terror (Stephen D. Reese)

32. Will Trump continue Obama's legacy of drone strikes? (Sam Coates)

33. Loose cannons: or the silent debate on drones (Kevin Howley)

34. Guns return to American elections (Robert J. Spitzer)

35. President Trump and climate change (Marc Hudson)

36. Dark days ahead for our climate (Constantine Boussalis)


37. Hillary Clinton's evolving gender appeals (Lindsey Meeks)

38. Madam President and the need for a historical contextualization of the 2016 Race (Liza Tsaliki)

39. The nasty politics of risk, gender and the emotional body in the US Presidential election (Shelley Thompson and Candida Yates)

40. Why Trump's male chauvinism appeals to some voters more than others (Lynn Prince Cooke)

41. Trump's promised land of white masculine economic success (Omar Al-Ghazzi)

42. Attempting to understand Hillary Clinton's favourability ratings (Alistair Middlemiss)

43. A very queer Presidential election campaign: personal reflections from an LGBT perspective (Richard Scullion)

44. Love didn't trump hate: intolerance in the campaign and beyond (Cherian George)

45. The blue-collar billionaire: explaining the Trump phenomenon (Richard M. Perloff)

46. Belonging, racism and white backlash in the 2016 US Presidential Election (Deborah Gabriel)

47. The theology of American exceptionalism (Eric McDaniel)

48. Organizing in Trump's America: the perspective of the disability community (Filippo Trevisan)

49. Why are the German-Americans Trump's most loyal supporters? (David Huenlich and Per Urlaub)


50. Media coverage of the US election in Arabic, Chinese, and Russian media (Randolph Kluver)

51. US Presidential campaign 2016 in a metaphorical mirror of the Russian media (Evgeniya Malenova)

52. The Greek perspective (Eleni Kioumi)

53. The richest Slovenian son-in-law: the Slovenian perspective (Uroš Pinterič)

54. Trying to avoid Trump: a Canadian experience (Alex Marland)


55. Did Russia just hand Donald Trump the Presidency? (Ryan C. Maness)

56. Taking Julian Assange seriously: considering WikiLeaks role in the US presidential campaign (Scott A. Eldridge II)

57. Social media did not give us Donald Trump and it is not weakening democracy (Daniel Kreiss)

58. Trump and the triumph of affective news when everyone is the media (Alfred Hermida)

59. Tweeting the election: political journalists and a new privilege of bias? (Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde)

60. The dissolution of news: selective exposure, filter bubbles, and the boundaries of journalism (Seth C. Lewis and Matt Carlson)

61. Fighting the red feed and the blue feed (Bente Kalsnes)

62. Two tribes go to vote: symbolism on election day (Darren G. Lilleker)

63. Ideas are for sharing (G. R. Boynton)

64. In the age of social media, voters still need journalists (Jennifer Stromer-Galley)

65. Dark magic: the memes that made Donald Trump's victory (Ryan M. Milner and Whitney Phillips)


66. Donald Trump, reality TV, and the political power of parasocial relationships (John H. Parmelee)

67. New roles in the presidential campaign: candidates as talk show comedians (Alexandra Manoliu)

68. Farage's Trump card: constructing political persona and social media campaigning (Bethany Usher)

69. Does Twitter humanize a politician's campaign? (Liam Richards)

70. TrumpDASHIAN – The US election as an extension of The Apprentice? (Dawid Pekalski)

71. What is Trump? (John Street)

72. Out of touch, out of ideas? The American Presidency in film and television (Gregory Frame)

73. It's never just a joke: pop culture and the US Presidency (Rodney Taveira)


74. Trump and the populist earthquake in American politics (Pippa Norris)

75. Democracy Trumped (W. Lance Bennett)

76. The narcissistic capture of American nationalism (Barry Richards)

77. With a mainstream politics seemingly devoid of answers, many vote for the previously unthinkable (Peter Bloom)

78. Irrational beliefs matter (Panos Koliastasis)

79. The politics of de-legitimacy (John Rennie Short)

80. There are six types of ugly American and Donald Trump is all of them (Brendon O'Connor)

81. Reflections on the 2016 US Election (Robert W. McChesney)

82. The Wørd: stupid power (Kirk Combe)