Television, Democracy and Elections in Russia

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This book explores how the Russian media, in particular television, have shaped Russian politics in the post-Soviet era. It examines why the Russian mass media failed so spectacularly to develop as a pillar of civil society and aid to democratization, instead evolving into a mouthpiece for special interests. The book employs a range of data, including public-opinion surveys, content analysis of television news, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, to analyze the Russian elections in the period since 1993.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 From Soviet to post-Soviet media 21
3 "You watch in pain" : focus-group findings about television viewing 44
4 The rise of the broadcast party in Russia 66
5 The genesis of television control and content in Russian elections, 1993-6 89
6 Consolidation of media control : the 1999 and 2000 elections 112
7 "No better heroes" : focus-group findings about political images, parties and voting in Russia 127
8 Television viewing and public opinion across Russia 146
9 Consolidation in Russian political communication : the 2003 Duma and 2004 presidential elections 163
10 Conclusions : tuning out democracy 189
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