Political Marketing SIG

Political Marketing SIG

SIG Chair

Paul Baines, University of Leicester

Dianne Dean

SIG Deputy Chair

Dianne Dean, Sheffield Hallam University

The Political Marketing Special Interest Group was formed in 1997, in response to the increased application of marketing to political activity.  Extant research at the time focused on political advertising and election campaigning. Since the seminal work of Lock and Harris, however, which critically evaluated the application of marketing concepts to the political environment, the political marketing research agenda has expanded, taking in lobbying and referendum campaigning.

Political marketing research is interdisciplinary and research in this area is broad, focusing on, for instance, how marketing may create value for the political consumer; how it can increase citizens’ engagement with the political process in democratic societies around the world; and how advances in marketing theory may have an impact on political communication and discourse.

Although the use of marketing tools such as marketing research have been utilised for many years, researchers examine marketing concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning; branding; as well as the marketing mix, and politics as a service.  Others consider how advances in technology and the development of social media tools such as facebook and twitter can respond to the increasingly competitive political market place.

Some research takes a critical perspective on the impact of marketing upon the democratic process whilst others examine the methods of persuasion including propaganda. Overall the Political Marketing Special Interest Group is a vibrant hub for research in politics with an agenda to build a greater understanding of the applicability of marketing to politics.

To contact the SIG please email the SIG Chair.

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