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Mona Moufahim SIG Chair
Mona Moufahim
University of Stirling

Political Branding Workshop

10th May 2019, University of Stirling

Academics and practitioners are invited to the University of Stirling Management School for a one-day workshop on political branding. During the campaigning of the 2015 general election, a piece in the Guardian stated “Marketing experts are pointing to a brand crisis in the political sphere”; Donald Trump’s victory? It is to be attributed to his superior branding strategy according to a number of commentators. Beyond sensationalist headlines, this workshop will delve deeper into the topic of political branding theory and practice. Important and timely developments have been made in political branding research, but this subdiscipline remains under-developed, with key issues related to, for example, ethics, identity, and brand communication needing further engagement. British experts will present their latest empirical and theoretical research on political branding cross a varied range of contexts, including the Brexit referendum and the Scottish independence referendum.

For the full programme please download the event details: Political Branding Workshop 10 May 2019

As places will be limited, could you please book your places before May 3rd 2019 by sending an email to Mona Moufahim

The Political Marketing Special Interest Group was formed in 1997, in response to the increased application of marketing to political activity.  Extant research at the time focused on political advertising and election campaigning. Since the seminal work of Lock and Harris, however, which critically evaluated the application of marketing concepts to the political environment, the political marketing research agenda has expanded, taking in lobbying and referendum campaigning.

Political marketing research is interdisciplinary and research in this area is broad, focusing on, for instance, how marketing may create value for the political consumer; how it can increase citizens’ engagement with the political process in democratic societies around the world; and how advances in marketing theory may have an impact on political communication and discourse.

Although the use of marketing tools such as marketing research have been utilised for many years, researchers examine marketing concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning; branding; as well as the marketing mix, and politics as a service.  Others consider how advances in technology and the development of social media tools such as facebook and twitter can respond to the increasingly competitive political market place.

Some research takes a critical perspective on the impact of marketing upon the democratic process whilst others examine the methods of persuasion including propaganda. Overall the Political Marketing Special Interest Group is a vibrant hub for research in politics with an agenda to build a greater understanding of the applicability of marketing to politics.

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