Media, Markets, and Democracy

Media, Markets, and Democracy

by C. Edwin Baker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521804353

ISBN-13: 9780521804356

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The mass media and free press should serve people both as consumers and as citizens. Critics claim that government interventions in media markets prevent audiences from getting the media products they want. Political theorists assert that a free press is essential for democracy. The critics' claim is incorrect and the theorists' assertion is inadequate as a policy or…  See more details below

Overview

The mass media and free press should serve people both as consumers and as citizens. Critics claim that government interventions in media markets prevent audiences from getting the media products they want. Political theorists assert that a free press is essential for democracy. The critics' claim is incorrect and the theorists' assertion is inadequate as a policy or constitutional guide. Even if markets properly provide for people's desires or preferences for most products, Part I of this book shows that unique aspects of media products systematically cause markets to fail in respect to them. Part II shows that four prominent, but different, theories of democracy lead to different conceptions of good journalistic practice, good media policy, and proper constitutional principles. While implicitly favoring a theory of "complex democracy," Part II makes it clear that the choice among democratic theories is crucial for understanding what should be meant by a free press. Part III explores one currently controversial issue - international free trade in media products. Contrary to the American negotiating position relating to media products, both economic and democratic theory justify deviations from free trade.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521804356
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Communication, Society and Politics Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IServing Audiences1
1Not Toasters: The Special Nature of Media Products7
2Public Goods and Monopolistic Competition20
3The Problem of Externalities41
4The Market as a Measure of Preferences63
5Where To? Policy Responses96
Pt. IIServing Citizens123
6Different Democracies and Their Media129
7Journalistic Ideals154
8Fears and Responsive Policies164
9Constitutional Implications193
Pt. IIIAn Illustration: International Trade215
10Trade and Economics222
11Trade, Culture, and Democracy245
Conclusion277
Postscript: The Internet and Digital Technologies285
Notes309
Index365

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