1st Edition

The Political Economy of Communications International and European Dimensions

Edited By Kenneth Dyson, Peter Humphreys Copyright 1990

    First published in 1990, The Political Economy of Communications explores the central theme of the relationship between politics and markets in policy development. The contributors show how governments have been drawn into increasing interdependency by technological and market developments, with international institutions like the European Community becoming more important in these policy areas. They argue that neither government ideologies nor market and technological forces offer an adequate account of the processes of change in communications policy. These conclusions lead to a critique of central theories of international political economy, notably neo-liberalism, and the authors advocate instead a neo-pluralist perspective for the study of political economy of communications – an approach that takes institutions much more seriously as a central unit of analysis. The book will be of interest to students of international relations, European studies, and media and telecommunication studies, as well as to political scientists and economists concerned with public policy.

    List of tables Notes on Contributors Preface 1. Introduction Kenneth Dyson and Peter Humphreys 2. The role of the International Telecommunication Union Jean-Luc Renaud 3. Intelsat and the debate about satellite competition Megumi Komiya 4. International regime or corporate actor? The European Community in telecommunications policy Volker Schneider and Raymond Werle 5. Broadcasting and the European Community Stylianos Papathanassopoulos 6. Luxembourg Kenneth Dyson 7. British television in an age of change Ralph Negrine 8. New media in West Germany Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem 9. The political economy of telecommunications in France Peter Humphreys 10. Conclusion Kenneth Dyson and Peter Humphreys Index


    Kenneth Dyson ad Peter Humphreys