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VDM Publishing House, September 2009, Pages: 220
This book is the first Communitarian examination of the policy tradeoff of the U.S.- China relations during the Clinton administration (1992-2000): whether could the policy tradeoff claim to have the support of public opinion? whether did the media discourse originate from an active civic participation? and how does the policy tradeoff break its promise? By content analyzing the media discourse, the author examined: (1) who said what; (2) which perspective prevails; (3) the correlation between newsmaking and policy-making; and (4) the congruence/dissension between policy beltway and other social groups. As a result, the author concludes that the eclipse of co-operative inquiry of the U.S. public, the ascendancy of issue management of special stakeholders, and the entanglement between newsmaking and policy-making have jeopardized the republican virtue of U.S. diplomacy. More importantly, the author indicates that all this could be worsened with the global expansion of capitalistic ideology which promotes a “modern aristocracy placing economic efficiency above all other values" (Lionel Jospin).
Xiaowei Chen is an assistant professor of communication at University of Central Arkansas. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2006 with a doctorate degree in mass communication and public affairs. Before he came to the United State in 2002, he has been a journalist in Beijing for seven years.