ISBN-10:
0745644589
ISBN-13:
9780745644585
Pub. Date:
05/28/2013
Publisher:
Wiley
The Media in Transitional Democracies / Edition 1

The Media in Transitional Democracies / Edition 1

by Katrin Voltmer
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Overview

The last quarter of a century has seen an unprecedented wave of democratization around the globe. In these transitions from authoritarian rule to a more democratic order the media have played a key role both by facilitating, but frequently also inhibiting democratic practices to take root. This book provides an accessible and systematic introduction to the media in transitional democracies. It analyses the problems that occur when transforming the media into independent institutions that are able to inform citizens and hold governments to account. The book covers the following topics:

- The persistence of political interference
- Media markets and political ownership
- Defining journalism after regime changes
- The role of the media in divided societies
- The effectiveness of international media development programmes.

The book takes a comparative view by exploring the interplay of political and media transitions in different pathways of democratization that took place in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. It will be of interest to advanced students and scholars who want a better understanding of the media outside established western democracies. The book will also be of great value to policymakers who are involved in strengthening the media in transitional democracies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745644585
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Contemporary Political Communication Series , #1
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Katrin Voltmer is senior lecturer in the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

Contents
Detailed table of contents
Introduction

PART I:WHAT DEMOCRACY - WHAT MEDIA?
1 Democracy and democratisation: one idea, many roads
2 Democratic media: a question of means and ends

PART II:THE MEDIA AND POLITICAL CHANGE ACROSS TIME AND SPACE
3 Mass media and political change: technological structure and journalistic agency
4 Complex transitions and uncertain outcomes: the media and democratisation over time
5 Emerging media systems and the legacies of the past

PART III:TRANSFORMING THE MEDIA
6 Media and the state
7 Media markets
8 Political parallelism
9 Journalistic professionalism

Conclusion
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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From the Publisher

'Voltmer has added a superb volume to the literature on democracies in transition: well-considered, original, systematic and a welcome combination of theory and acute observation.'
Monroe Price, University of Pennsylvania

'Voltmer has written a comprehensive, elegant and nuanced analysis about the state of media and democracy around the world. The book is a go-to reference for anyone interested in understanding the dynamic relationship between media and politics, and the obstacles for more plural, public-oriented media.'
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University

'Comprehensive and contemporary, Voltmer's book is a valuable addition to the comparative media studies literature, and advances our understanding of the close and complex relationship between the media and new democracies.'
Daya Thussu, University of Westminster, London

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