Ongoing Research

1. The Role of Information & Influence Campaigns in Structuring Public Responses to U.S. Policy, 1988–2015 (with Bob Brulle, Drexel University)

There is a growing consensus that public debate has been transformed through the increased use of information and influence campaigns (IICs) by a range of organizations to affect political decision-making around a variety of nationally important issues. This research aims to explain the extent and impact of these strategic communications campaigns on public policy debates. The overall objective of this research is to critically inquire into the extent, influence, and impact of professional advocacy campaigns on debates in the public sphere. The research will explain the extent and impact of strategic communications campaigns on political and public responses to specific policy efforts.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation.