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Western Media Systems

1st Edition

By Jonathan Hardy


292 pages

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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.


'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

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

About the Author

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).

About the Series

Communication and Society

This series encompasses the broad field of media and cultural studies. Its main concerns are the media and the public sphere: on whether the media empower or fail to empower popular forces in society; media organizations and public policy; political communication; and the role of media entertainment, ranging from potboilers and the human interest story to rock music and TV sport.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies