Political brand architecture: Towards a new conceptualisation of political branding in an emerging democracy

Political brand architecture: Towards a new conceptualisation of political branding in an emerging democracy

Author: 
Mensah, Kobby
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2016
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Journal Title: 
African Journalism Studies
Source: 
African Journalism Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3, August 2016, pp. 61-84
Abstract: 

Political branding is an essential part of our electoral process. In the literature, some argue for political brand management based on policy attributes, others regard candidate attributes as the essential source, with the party brand mostly relegated to the background. This study argues that current approaches would result in parties being less responsive to the realities of electioneering campaigns. The objective is to understand how three political elements - party, candidate and policy - are managed to build a comprehensive political brand capable of reaching target voters. This case study focuses on a 2000 election campaign in Ghana. Data were collected via analyses of media items, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The findings suggest that party, candidate and policy attributes broaden a party's reach of target voters. The study proposes the concept of 'political brand architecture (PBA)' for effective political brand management.

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CITATION: Mensah, Kobby. Political brand architecture: Towards a new conceptualisation of political branding in an emerging democracy . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2016. African Journalism Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3, August 2016, pp. 61-84 - Available at: http://library.au.int/political-brand-architecture-towards-new-conceptualisation-political-branding-emerging-democracy-0