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Publicity and the Canadian State

Critical Communications Perspectives

Edited by: Kirsten Kozolanka

Bringing together contemporary Canadian analysis by scholars in a number of fields, this collection will be a welcome new resource for academics, public relations and policy professionals, and government communicators at all levels.

Author Information


Kirsten Kozolanka is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She has been an assistant press secretary to a political party leader on Parliament Hill, communications advisor to a cabinet minister at Queen’s Park, and a communications manager in a federal government department.


Paul Saurette, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa:

Publicity and the Canadian State is a strong and valuable contribution to the literature that addresses a phenomenon that is increasingly crucial to the public and political sphere in Canada. Including both theoretical arguments and important empirical contextualization, this book offers broad lessons about the nature of publicity and the state, and communicates these lessons in a clear and accessible way.”

Catherine Murray, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University:

“An impressive collection by the leading thinkers on political communication, Publicity and the Canadian State,edited by Kirsten Kozolanka, will attract pundits, practitioners, and theorists alike who are seeking answers to the paradoxes of increasing publicity, but secrecy; education, but disengagement; hyper control, but wikileaks in Canadian democracy today. Kozolanka wants us all to be aware of the multiple persuasive traps and trappings of the contemporary publicity state. Readers will emerge sobered, but armed with alternative strategies and energized to take up the challenge of critical analysis ‘post spin.’ Authoritarian democracy in this era of the New Right is like Innis’s Empire, without communication, kept afloat by a surfeit of PR but so devoid of meaning or connection for many that it can’t be twittered away.”

Vincent Mosco, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Queen's University :

“This timely collection opens a much-needed debate about the role of communication, media, and public relations in government. Anyone who cares about Canadian politics – and especially those looking for alternatives to ‘government by spin’ – needs to read this book.”

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;