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

Baker (U.of Pennsylvania) identifies four basic political approaches to media policy in the US: cultural conservatives who want to censor it; free-market conservatives who want to give it free reign; liberals who want to rein in corporate power; and cultural progressives who fear the kneejerk censorship of cultural conservatives. Steering between these positions,

Overview

Baker (U.of Pennsylvania) identifies four basic political approaches to media policy in the US: cultural conservatives who want to censor it; free-market conservatives who want to give it free reign; liberals who want to rein in corporate power; and cultural progressives who fear the kneejerk censorship of cultural conservatives. Steering between these positions, he asks what a lack of paternalism and a commitment to democracy means for media policy, specifically whether it requires government to keep its hands off the media. The study is revised from three published articles.

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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

Prefacexi
Part 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
Part IIServing Citizens123
6Different Democracies and Their Media129
7Journalistic Ideals154
8Fears and Responsive Policies164
9Constitutional Implications193
Part IIIAn Illustration: International Trade215
10Trade and Economics222
11Trade, Culture, and Democracy245
Conclusion277
Postscript: The Internet and Digital Technologies285
Notes309
Index365

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