Celebrity Politicians: Popular Culture and Political Representation

  title={Celebrity Politicians: Popular Culture and Political Representation},
  author={John Street},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  pages={435 - 452}
  • J. Street
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Political Science
  • The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Considerable political and media attention has focused on the phenomenon of the ‘celebrity politician’. As this article illustrates, there are two main variants of the phenomenon. The first is the elected politician or candidate who uses elements of ‘celebrityhood’ to establish their claim to represent a group or cause. The second is the celebrity—the star of popular culture—who uses their popularity to speak for popular opinion. Both examples have been seen by critics to debase liberal… 

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