The Mediation of Power

A Critical Introduction

By Aeron Davis

© 2007 – Routledge

232 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415404914
pub: 2007-07-25
US Dollars$40.95
Hardback: 9780415404907
pub: 2007-07-26
US Dollars$145.00

e–Inspection Copy

About the Book

The Mediation of Power investigates how those in positions of power use and are influenced by media in their everyday activities. Each chapter examines this theme through an exploration of some of the key topics and debates in the field, including:

  • theories of media and power
  • media policy and the economics of information
  • news production and journalistic practice
  • public relations and media management
  • culture and power
  • political communication and mediated politics
  • new and alternative media
  • interest group communications
  • media audiences and effects.

The debates are enlivened by first-hand accounts taken from over 200 high-profile interviews with politicians, journalists, public officials, spin doctors, campaigners and captains of industry. Tim Bell, David Blunkett, Iain Duncan Smith, Simon Heffer, David Hill, Simon Hughes, Trevor Kavanagh, Neil Kinnock, Peter Riddell, Polly Toynbee, Michael White and Ann Widdecombe are some of those cited.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Critical Engagements with Mediated Power 2. Media Policy: Communications and the Economic Inefficiencies of Market Liberalisation 3. Media Production: Discursive Practices, News Production and the Mobilisation of Bias in Public Discourse 4. Media Management and Public Relations: Public Media, Inter-Elite Conflict and Power 5. Culture, Discourse and Power: The Rediscovery of Elite Culture and Power in Media Studies? 6. Mediated Politics: The Mediation of Parliamentary Politics 7. New and Alternative Media: The Internet and the Parliamentary Public Sphere 8. Interest Groups and Mediated Mobilisation: Communications in the Make Poverty History Campaign (by Nick Sireau and Aeron Davis) 9. Media Audiences and Effects: The Question of the Rational Audience in the London Stock Exchange 10. Conclusions

About the Author

Aeron Davis is a Senior Lecturer in Political Communication in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, London. He has published in the areas of political communication, media sociology, promotional culture and financial markets, and is the author of Public Relations Democracy (2002).

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.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies