Foundations of Communication Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Plan of the Book 1
2 Foundation Principles and Communications Policymaking 11
The Unique Nature of Communications Regulation 12
Policy Principles and Policy Analysis 20
3 The First Amendment 29
Functions of the First Amendment 31
Individual Versus Collective Approaches to the First Amendment 44
The First Amendment and Communications Policymaking 52
4 The Public Interest 63
Origins of the Phrase 66
Levels of the Public Interest 69
5 The Marketplace of Ideas 97
Origins of the Metaphor 99
The Marketplace of Ideas Metaphor in FCC Decision Making 109
6 Diversity 125
The Marketplace of Ideas and Diversity 127
The Dimensions of Diversity 128
7 Competition 153
Defining Markets in the Assessment of Electronic Media Competition 157
Assessing Competition in Media Markets 170
8 Universal Service 177
Three Components of the Universal Service Principle 182
9 Localism 203
Rationales for Localism 205
The Localism Principle in Practice 209
Reconceptualizing Localism in the New Media Environment 217
10 Linking Principles with Process: The Dynamics of Communications Policymaking 225
The Communications Policymaking Process: A Principal-Agent Perspective 227
Integrating Process and Policy 250
11 The Federal Communications Commission and the Limitations of Communications Policy Analysis 253
"Private Sector" Stakeholder Monitoring and FCC Decision Making: A Case Study of Broadcast Policymaking 254
The Analytical Capacity Within the FCC 264
12 Toward an Expanded Analytical Approach to Communications Policymaking 275
Toward an Expanded Analytical Approach to Communications Policy Issues 276
Institutional Adjustments 280
References 285
Author Index 323
Case Index 333
Subject Index 337
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