Media and Politics in New Democracies: Europe in a Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | November 8, 2015

EditorJan Zielonka

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This book analyses the relationship between the media and politics in new democracies in Europe and other parts of the world. It does so from both theoretical and empirical angles.How is power being mediated in new democracies? Can media function independently in the unstable and polarised political environment experienced after the fall of autocracy? Do major shifts in economic and ownership structures help or hinder the quality of the media? How much can new media lawsalter old journalistic habits and political cultures? And how do new technologies impact the media and democracy? The book examines these questions, drawing on a vast set of data assembled by a large international project. Media and Politics in New Democracies focuses chiefly on new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe, but chapters analysing new democracies in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia are also included. These new democracies represent a variety of what sociologists call "glocalism":homogenisation and heterogenisation coexist, revealing hybrid models and multiple modernities. It is local culture that assigns meaning to global and regional influences. "Ideal" liberal models and best practices are being promoted and aspired to, but these models and practices are often beingadopted in opaque ways generating results opposite to those intended. The book finds many new democracies to be fragile if not deficient, and tries to show what is really going on in these countries, how they compare to each other, and what they can learn from each other.

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This book analyses the relationship between the media and politics in new democracies in Europe and other parts of the world. It does so from both theoretical and empirical angles.How is power being mediated in new democracies? Can media function independently in the unstable and polarised political environment experienced after the fa...

Jan Zielonka is Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Ralf Dahrendorf Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College. He has published numerous works in the field of international relations, comparative politics and the history of political ideas. Zielonka studied Law at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and Polit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:November 8, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTION1. Jan Zielonka: Fragile Democracy, Volatile Politics, and the Quest for a Free MediaMODELS2. Paolo Mancini: The News Media between Volatility and Hybridization3. Radoslaw Markowski: Normative and Empirical Models of Democracy4. Bela Greskovits: Capitalist Diversity and the MediaACTORS5. Peter Bajomi-Lazar: Political Actors and the Colonisation of the Media6. Vaclav Stetka: The Rise of Oligarchs as Media Owners7. Stanislaw Mocek: Journalists as Critical Change Agents and Popular DisseminatorsFACTORS8. Martin Krygier: Good, Bad, and 'Irritant' Laws in New Democracies9. Ainius Lasas: Daily Democracy: Politics, Media, and Democratic Culture10. Inka Salovaara: Digital Democracies and Networked PublicsCHALLENGES11. Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud: Media Fragmentation and its Consequences for Democracy12. Aukse Balcytiene: Acceleration of History, Political Instabilities, and Media Change13. Ruzha Smilova and Daniel Smilov: Informal Politics and Formal Media StructuresBENCHMARKS14. Katrin Voltmer: Converging and Diverging Pathways of Media Transformation15. Jose Santana Pereira: Variety of Media Systems in Third-Wave Democracies16. John Keane: Mediated Despotism: A World Beyond DemocracyREGIONAL EXPERIENCES17. Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Sara Garcia Santamaria: Media, Hegemony, and Polarisation in Latin America18. Mark R. Thompson: Does the Watchdog need Watching in Southeast Asia?19. Nicole Stremlau and Iginio Gagliardone: Media, Conflict, and Political Transitions in AfricaCONCLUSIONS20. Terhi Rantanen and Nikola Belakova: Why is it Important to Study the Media and Politics in New Democracies?