This comparative study brings together academics and practitioners who work in the field of media and elections to provide a set of national case studies and an analysis of the legal and regulatory frameworks that are employed by nation states to ensure that the media perform according to certain standards during election periods. In setting out the legal and regulatory framework each chapter provides an account of the socio-political conditions and media environment in each of the countries and subsequently details the laws that govern the print and broadcast media during election campaign periods. The countries included are France, Germany, Italy, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom. A set of reflections by a Member of the European Parliament and a set of recommendations for good practice in media and elections are also included. Thus, the book is organized to provide a practical guide so that it can be used as a handbook.
"The Media and Elections: A Handbook and Comparative Study would be highly appropriate to accompany a comparative media course, as many of the factors of advertising and news apply not only to elections in many of these examples. Lange and Ward's work would also be suitable for a comparative politics course that studied elections and campaigns in particular."
—Communication Research Trends
Contents: D. Ward, Introduction. T. Perruci, M. Villa, Italy. L.L. Kaid, C.A. JonesUnited States of America. H. Drück, Germany. A.S. de Beer, South Africa. E. Mauboussin, France. D. Skillen, Russia. A. McNicholas, D. Ward, United Kingdom. K. Junker, Notes From an Election Observer. D. Ward, Conclusion. B-P. Lange, Media and Elections: Some Reflections and Recommendations. Appendices: Internet Sources for Electoral Legislation, Regulation, and Court Decisions. The European Institute for the Media--Media and Democracy Programme. List of Media-Monitoring Missions Conducted by the Media and Democracy Programme of the European Institute for the Media.