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The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy

Robin Mansell (Editor), Marc Raboy (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9871-4
600 pages
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy offers insights into the boundaries of this field of study, assesses why it is important, who is affected, and with what political, economic, social and cultural consequences.
  • Provides the most up to date and comprehensive collection of essays from top scholars in the field
  • Includes contributions from western and eastern Europe, North and Central America, Africa and Asia
  • Offers new conceptual frameworks and new methodologies for mapping the contours of emergent global media and communication policy
  • Draws on theory and empirical research to offer multiple perspectives on the local, national, regional and global forums in which policy debate occurs
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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables viii

Notes on Contributors x

Series Editor's Preface xv

Acknowledgements xvi

1 Introduction: Foundations of the Theory and Practice of Global Media and Communication Policy 1
Robin Mansell and Marc Raboy

Part I Contested Concepts: An Emerging Field 21

2 The Origins of International Agreements and Global Media: The Post, the Telegraph, and Wireless Communication Before World War I 23
Ted Magder

3 The Evolution of GMCP Institutions 40
Don MacLean

4 Whose Global Village? 58
William H. Melody

5 Free Flow Doctrine in Global Media Policy 79
Kaarle Nordenstreng

6 Human Rights and Their Role in Global Media and Communication Discourses 95
Rikke Frank Jørgensen

7 Policy's Hubris: Power, Fantasy, and the Limits of (Global) Media Policy Interventions 113
Nico Carpentier

Part II Democratization: Policy in Practice 129

8 Power Dynamics in Multi-stakeholder Policy Processes and Intra-civil Society Networking 131
Bart Cammaerts

9 Media Reform in the United States and Canada: Activism and Advocacy for Media Policies in the Public Interest 147
Leslie Regan Shade

10 Community Media in a Globalized World: The Relevance and Resilience of Local Radio 166
Kate Coyer

11 Global Media Policy and Crisis States 180
Monroe E. Price

12 The Post-Soviet Media and Communication Policy Landscape: The Case of Russia 192
Andrei Richter

13 Public Service Broadcasting: Product (and Victim?) of Public Policy 210
Karol Jakubowicz

14 User Rights for the Internet Age: Communications Policy According to "Netizens" 230
Arne Hintz and Stefania Milan

Part III Cultural Diversity: Contesting Power 243

15 Media Research and Public Policy: Tiding Over the Rupture 245
Biswajit Das and Vibodh Parthasarathi

16 Whose Democracy? Rights-based Discourse and Global Intellectual Property Rights Activism 261
Boatema Boateng

17 Global Media Policy and Cultural Pluralism 276
Karim H. Karim

18 The Emergent Supranational Arab Media Policy Sphere 293
Marwan M. Kraidy

19 The Mediterranean Arab Mosaic between Free Press Development and Unequal Exchanges with the "North" 306
Jamal Eddine Naji

20 Rethinking Communication for Development Policy: Some Considerations 319
Linje Manyozo

21 The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: Cultural Policy and International Trade in Cultural Products 336
Peter S. Grant

Part IV Markets and Globality 353

22 Economic Approaches to Media Policy 355
Robert G. Picard

23 Postcolonial Media Policy Under the Long Shadow of Empire 366
Amin Alhassan and Paula Chakravartty

24 Policy Imperialism: Bilateral Trade Agreements as Instruments of Media Governance 383
Andrew Calabrese and Marco Briziarelli

25 ICT Policy-making and International Trade Agreements in the Caribbean 395
Hopeton S. Dunn

26 Legislation, Regulation, and Management in the South African Broadcasting Landscape: A Case Study of the South African Broadcasting Corporation 414
Ruth Teer-Tomaselli

27 Regulation as Linguistic Engineering 432
Roberta G. Lentz

Part V Governance: New Policy and Research Challenges 449

28 Gender and Communication Policy: Struggling for Space 451
Margaret Gallagher

29 The Environment and Global Media and Communication Policy 467
Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller

30 Anti-terrorism and the Harmonization of Media and Communication Policy 486
Sandra Braman

31 Regulating the Internet in the Interests of Children: Emerging European and International Approaches 505
Sonia Livingstone

32 From Television without Frontiers to the Digital Big Bang: The EU's Continuous Efforts to Create a Future-proof Internal Media Market 525
Caroline Pauwels and Karen Donders

33 Actors and Interactions in Global Communication Governance: The Heuristic Potential of a Network Approach 543
Claudia Padovani and Elena Pavan

Index 564

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Author Information

Robin Mansell is Professor and Dixons Chair in New Media and the Internet, former Head of the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science and Past President of the International Association for Media and Communications Research. She is co-author of Mobilizing the Information Society: Strategies for Growth and Opportunity (2000) and editor of books including The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies (2007) and Trust and Crime in Information Societies (2005) and some 100 journal articles and reports in the media and communication policy field.

Marc Raboy is Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. A former journalist in a wide variety of media, he is the author or editor of seventeen books and more than one hundred journal articles or book chapters, as well as reports for such organizations as the World Bank, UNESCO, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, the European Broadcasting Union, the Policy Research Secretariat of the Government of Canada, and the Quebec Ministry for Culture and Communication.

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“Sorely missing in the academic literature on communication was a solid book on  governance. The Mansell-Raboy text repairs this splendidly. Precious reading for those with an interest in policy issues.”
- Cees J. Hamelink, professor emeritus of international communication, University of Amsterdam

"A comprehensive and authoritative resource for understanding key policy issues arising from the Communications Revolution, within a coherent framework shaped by a historical vision and a critical eye. Excellent."
- Denis McQuail, Amsterdam School for Communication

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