1st Edition

Western Media Systems

ISBN 9780415396929
Published August 20, 2008 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Western Media Systems offers a critical introduction to media systems in North America and Western Europe. The book offers a wide-ranging survey of comparative media analysis addressing the economic, social, political, regulatory and cultural aspects of Western media systems.

Jonathan Hardy takes a thematic approach, guiding the reader through critical issues and debates, introducing key concepts and specialist literature. Western Media Systems is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying comparative and global media.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables  List of Acronyms  Acknowledgements  Introduction  1. Explaining Western Media Systems  2. Media system evolution  3. Transformations and Continuities in Media Systems (late 1970s-2000s)  4. Media Theory: Paradigms and Power  5. Media and Politics  6. Media Policy and Regulation  7. Media Markets  8. Western Media and Globalization  9. Assessing Western media Systems  Appendix  Comparative country data (area size and population)  Bibliography

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Jonathan Hardy is senior lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East London, and teaches political economy of media at Goldsmiths College London. He is secretary of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (UK).


'Western Media Systems offers an insightful and wide-ranging analysis of important developments and questions.' - Patrick Bijsmans, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 18, 1, March 2010