Mediated campaign debate subgenre and their importance for analytic considerations

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Mediated political debates are among the most widely followed campaign events in the United States, with the bulk of research focusing on presidential and vice-presidential races. A comparison of these debates to those for gubernatorial executive offices proves useful. Non-presidential debates assist in finding greater diversity in party ideology, gender and ethnic identity, and a larger number of candidates in a single debate. Moreover, non-presidential debates exhibit more diverse debate structures given the greater frequency of their occurrence and their design by a wider group of organisations and individuals. Variation in the debate structure and in the number of candidates leads to a differing picture of speaking opportunities and strategies for expressing stance and types of alignment with others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiscourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2018


  • campaign debate subgenres
  • candidate
  • diversity
  • laminated discourse
  • politic/polite/impolite stance
  • turn-taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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