Building the Fourth Estate: Democratization and the Rise of a Free Press in Mexico / Edition 1

Building the Fourth Estate: Democratization and the Rise of a Free Press in Mexico / Edition 1

by Chappell Lawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520231716

ISBN-13: 9780520231719

Pub. Date: 08/05/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"This is the first book of its kind to portray the relationship between the media and the state, the changing behavior of the media in the 1990s, and the consequences of these changes for Mexico's democratic transformation. Lawson's work is based on original field research, extensive interviews with relevant actors, and on a survey research project on citizen…  See more details below

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"This is the first book of its kind to portray the relationship between the media and the state, the changing behavior of the media in the 1990s, and the consequences of these changes for Mexico's democratic transformation. Lawson's work is based on original field research, extensive interviews with relevant actors, and on a survey research project on citizen attitudes toward the media and politics. The book is clearly written, lays out the major arguments, and provides an in-depth analysis. This timely and provocative work is essential reading for understanding a democratic Mexico in the 21st century."-Roderic Ai Camp, author of Mexico's Mandarins:Crafting a Power Elite for the Twenty-First Century
"A dramatic transformation has recently taken place in Mexican politics culminating, for the first time, in the election of an opposition candidate and ending 70 years of one-party rule. Lawson's book is a richly detailed account of the role of the media in this transition. It raises extremely interesting questions about the media's influence on emerging democracies that should be of wide interest well beyond the community of Mexico specialists. It's the best account yet of this dramatic transformation."-Dan Hallin, author of The Uncensored War:The Media and Vietnam

Author Biography:Chappell Lawson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520231719
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/05/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
1Introduction1
Pt. 1The Old Regime and the Mexican Media
2The Perfect Dictatorship13
3Media Control under the Perfect Dictatorship25
4Media Coverage under the Perfect Dictatorship48
Pt. 2Media Opening in Mexico
5Opening Mexico's Print Media61
6Opening Mexico's Broadcast Media93
Pt. 3The Political Consequences of Media Opening
7Media Opening and Civil Society in Mexico125
8Media Opening, Scandal, and Regime Delegitimation138
9Media Opening, Campaigns, and Elections157
Pt. 4Media Opening and Democratization
10Conclusions173
App.: Data for Figures and Tables211
Notes217
Bibliography259
Index281

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