Journal article

"The Politics of Political Advertising" in Australia and Britain, 1970-1989

Jackie Dickenson

Australian Journal of Politics and History | WILEY | Published : 2014


The role of advertising in the production of political campaigns deserves more consideration than it has previously received. My study examines advertising agencies associated with election campaigns in the 1970s and 1980s, investigating their decisions to accept or reject political accounts. Focusing on Britain and Australia, and using a range of primary sources including the industry press, interviews and memoirs, I demonstrate that an agency's decision to accept a political account is always complex, contested and highly contingent. Accepting a political account may alienate clients and agency staff who support another party. Campaigns are labour-intensive and may detract from an agency's..

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