Comparing Media Systems Three Models of Media and Politics

ISBN-10: 0521543088
ISBN-13: 9780521543088
Edition: 2004
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Description: Building on a survey of media institutions in eighteen West European and North American democracies, Hallin and Mancini identify the principal dimensions of variation in media systems and the political variables which have shaped their evolution.  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Building on a survey of media institutions in eighteen West European and North American democracies, Hallin and Mancini identify the principal dimensions of variation in media systems and the political variables which have shaped their evolution. They go on to identify three major models of media system development (the Polarized Pluralist, Democratic Corporatist and Liberal models) to explain why the media have played a different role in politics in each of these systems, and to explore the forces of change that are currently transforming them. It provides a key theoretical statement about the relation between media and political systems, a key statement about the methodology of comparative analysis in political communication and a clear overview of the variety of media institutions that have developed in the West, understood within their political and historical context.

Concepts and Models
Introduction
Comparing media systems
The political context of media systems
Media and politics and the question of differentiation
The Three Models
Mediterranean or polarized model
North/Central European or democratic corporatist model
North Atlantic or liberal model
The Future of the Models
Homogenization
Conclusion

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