Democracy and the Media: A Comparative Perspective

Democracy and the Media: A Comparative Perspective

by Richard Gunther
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521771803

ISBN-13: 9780521771801

Pub. Date: 07/31/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents a unique perspective on the relationship between politics and the media in different kinds of political regimes in Europe, North America and Asia. These essays show that media effects on politics are the product of interactions among media technologies, the structure of the media market, the legal and regulatory framework, the nature of basic

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This book presents a unique perspective on the relationship between politics and the media in different kinds of political regimes in Europe, North America and Asia. These essays show that media effects on politics are the product of interactions among media technologies, the structure of the media market, the legal and regulatory framework, the nature of basic political institutions, and the characteristics of individual citizens. The authors' conclusions challenge conventional wisdom concerning the political roles and effects of the mass media on regime support and change, on the political behavior of citizens, and on the quality of democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521771801
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2000
Series:
Communication, Society and Politics Series
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
1The Media in Democratic and Nondemocratic Regimes: A Multilevel Perspective1
2The Media and Politics in Spain: From Dictatorship to Democracy28
3Institutional Incapacity, the Attentive Public, and Media Pluralism in Russia85
4Democratic Transformation and the Mass Media in Hungary: From Stalinism to Democratic Consolidation122
5The Modernization of Communications: The Media in the Transition to Democracy in Chile165
6Media Influence in the Italian Transition from a Consensual to a Majoritarian Democracy195
7The United States: News in a Free-Market Society241
8Japan: News and Politics in a Media-Saturated Democracy266
9The Netherlands: Media and Politics between Segmented Pluralism and Market Forces303
10Great Britain: The End of News at Ten and the Changing News Environment343
11Germany: A Society and a Media System in Transition375
12The Political Impact of the Media: A Reassessment402
References449
Index487

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