1. What is Scandal?.
2. The Rise of Mediated Scandal.
3. Scandal as a Mediated Event.
4. The Nature of Political Scandal.
5. Sex Scandals in the Political Field.
6. Financial Scandals in the Political Field.
7. Power Scandals.
8. The Consequences of Scandal.
'This is the most thoughtful, best grounded work ever on the subject of political scandal. It is indispensable for anyone who seeks to understand the growing place of scandal-centered politics in our time.' Michael Schudson, University of California, San Diego
'This is an incisive and disturbing book. John Thompson goes far beyond newspaper accounts of scandal. He makes of scandal a subject which unlocks important secrets about political power. A must read.' Richard Sennett, London School of Economics
'[A] cool, shrewd and revealing exposé of the apparatus of scandal ... In a climate of almost perpetual moral indignation, there is an undeniable frisson to reading a text on scandal that does not sermonise and denounce dodgy politicians and/or unscrupulous muckrakers. Thompson's work is virtually a compact encyclopaedia of modern scandal, but it is above all an overarching theory of the genre, keeping a detached but sympathetic distance from heroes, clowns and victims alike ... an illuminating book.' Andy Martin, The Independent
'Excellent analysis ... from Polity, at the cleverer end of the trade.' Andrew Marr, booksonline
"What is unique about this work is not just that the author focuses on the role of the media...but that the author brings many of these disparate elements together in what is perhaps the first systematic and comprehensive theory of scandal available to scholars" C.J.Spiliotes. Canadian Journal of Political Science
Political Scandal has been awarded the coveted European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences for 2001.
"Thompson's aim is not simply to re-narrate and codify, rather to refelct on what scandal's prominence reveals about the character of power in the "media age", developing a "social theory" of scandal's "conditions and consequences." The Times Higher Education Supplement
"This book has a lot to say about mediated political scandals -including their roots and consequences in liberal democratic societies- and his author says it very, very well....highly illuminating journey through media, political and cultural history.... I cannot recommend this book highly enough for any of several audiences..." Amy Binder, Social forces
"Thompson's approach to the analysis of political scandal brings together social science and discourse theories in a dynamic combination, thus illustrating how discourse analysts can learn from social scientists, and vice versa. The volume is a very useful reference for practitioners and students in media, political and critical discourse analysis." Discourse & Society