Communications Policy: Theories and Issues

Communications Policy: Theories and Issues

by Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Ralph Negrine

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Overview

Communications Policy: Theories and Issues by Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Ralph Negrine

Culture, politics, economics and technology all impact upon policy decisions. To investigate the factors that influence communications policy, however, one has to go beyond conventional views of media and communications Policy: Theories and Issues utilizes new research to highlight key debates and developments, and addresses a broad spectrum of contemporary concerns regarding the structure and the organization of communications systems in the past, present and future.

Combining theoretical analysis with empirical research findings, this comprehensive text explores the contemporary theories and issues in communications policy that affect all democratic societies as they seek to address the challenges of emerging information and communications technologies. Featuring contributions from distinguished authors across a range of media disciplines, Communications Policy introduces challenging ideas about how communications should be structured in the future and is essential reading for all policy-makers, researchers and students of communications policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230224599
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

STYLIANOS PAPATHANASSOPOULOS Professor in Media Organisation and Policy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He has written extensively on media developments in Europe, especially on television issues. He has contributed to many international journals and his books include European Television in the Digital Age.

RALPH NEGRINE Professor of Political Communication at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been teaching and publishing int eh field of political communication for nearly two decades. His publications include The Transformation of Political Communication, Television and the Press since 1945, Mass Communication Research Methods and The Communication of Politics.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Part 1 Theories

1 Approaches to Communications Policy: An Introduction Stylianos Papathanassopoulos Ralph Negrine 3

Policy and communications: in search of definitions 3

Communications policy and the state 11

The organization of this book 18

2 Mediating the Public through Policy Sandra Braman 22

Introduction 22

Definitional approaches 34

Defining media policy for the 21st century 37

Exemplar media policy issues 43

Conclusions 46

Notes 47

3 The Age of Access" Information Policy and Social Progress Alistair Duff 49

Introduction 49

The future of information policy 60

Conclusion: towards the age of access 63

4 Media and Social Demand: Research at the Interface of Policy Studies and Audience Studies Marc Raboy Bram Abramson Serge Proulx Roxanne Welters 65

Policy studies/audience studies: issues at the interface 66

Policy studies: one problem, two traditions 68

Audience studies: consumers and citizens 69

Regarding social demand 72

Notes 79

5 The Development of a European Civil Society through EU Public Service Communication Jackie Harrison 81

Introduction 81

The context of Europe's communication deficit 82

The significance of Europe's communication deficit 86

A European audiovisual communication institution of public news journalism 91

Notes 93

Part 2 Issues

6 The Escalating War against Corporate Media Robert W. McChesney 97

The media reform movement comes to life 97

Powell and Copps take the stage 100

Beltway opposition stiffens 101

Powell's three arguments 102

Opposition grows beyond the beltway 105

Left and right join the fight 108

From the FCC to Congress 110

Notes 115

7 The Role of the European Institutions in National Media Regulation Alison Harcourt 116

Introduction 116

Convergence in national media policies 117

Conclusion 129

Notes 131

8 Public Broadcasters in the Digital Age Stylianos Papathanassopoulos Ralph Negrine 133

The position of the public service broadcasters in Europe 133

Old challenges, new challenges 137

Concluding remarks for policy considerations 145

9 Transformations of the State in Telecommunications Johannes M. Bauer 148

Introduction 148

The state as owner and operator 150

The state as a regulator 153

The state as a facilitator and stopgap 159

The role of the state reconsidered 161

Review and outlook 164

Notes 165

10 Coordinating Internet Policies: The Time has Come Dom Caristi 166

Introduction 166

Cross-border issues 167

A proposal 176

11 Framing the Information Society: A Comparison of Policy Approaches by the USA and the EU Gisela Gil-Egui Yan Tian Concetta M. Stewart 179

Background 180

Method 184

Results 185

Discussion and conclusions 196

Notes 198

Endnote: Prospects for Communications Policy Research Stylianos Papathanassopoulos Ralph Negrine 200

References 204

Index 229

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