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Media Policy and Globalization

Paula Chakravartty, Katharine Sarikakis

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This volume takes a fresh look at media and communications policy and provides a comprehensive account of issues that are central to the study of the field. It moves beyond the 'specifics' of regulation, by examining policy areas that have proved to be of common concern for societies across different socio-economic realities. It also seeks to address profound gaps in the study of policy by demonstrating the centrality of historical, social and political context in debates that may appear solely technical or economistic.

Media Policy and Globalization covers the institutional changes in the communications policy arena by examining the changing role of the state, technology and the market and the role of civil society. It discusses actual policy areas in broadcasting, telecommunications and the information society, and examines the often-overlooked normative dimensions of communications policy.

Key Features:

  • Provides a cross-disciplinary critical perspective of the politics of communications policy-making in a global context
  • Explores new issues in communications policy such as ethical concerns and the 'internationality of policy'
  • Useful for upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students and scholars of Communications and Media Studies, and International and Global Studies.


PART I: Policy Contexts
1. Capitalism, Technology, Institutions and the study of Communications and Media Policy
2. Revisiting the History of Global Communication and Media Policy
PART II: Policy Domains
3. Governing the Central Nervous System of the Global Economy: Global Telecommunication Policy
4. Governing the Backbone of Cultures: Broadcasting Policies
PART III: Policy Paradigms
5. Policies for a New World or the Emperor's New Clothes? The Information Society
6. Civil Society and Social Justice: The Limits and Possibilities of Global Governance

About the Author

Paula Chakravartty is Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Katharine Sarikakis was Senior Lecturer in Communications Policy and Course Director MA in Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.Now at University of Vienna - Dept of Communication


Media Policy and Globalization combines careful scholarship with a clear, accessible style that creatively integrates some of the best elements of critical theory. The book marks an important step in the development of media policy scholarship because it skilfully integrates political economic and cultural studies perspectives. It does an especially good job of placing research on state and gender theory into the centre of policy analysis.
- Vincent Mosco, Queen’s University, author of The Digital Sublime
In addition to its well-structured analyses, the book is written in an easy, accessible manner and offers rich empirical material and useful case studies for teaching purposes.
- Cees J. Hamelink, Amsterdam/Brisbane, Publizistik
This book presents many rich clues for us to look further at on-going policy debates. Those clues point us toward inclusion of a variety of national, non-national, international, regional, and civil players as well as their organic connections. For any researcher, graduate student, or upper-division undergraduate student interested in global media debate today, this book provides not only the most up-to-date references, but also a fresh way to look at multiple-level analytical levels of analysis.
- Atsushi Tajima, SUNY, Global Media Journal
Premised on the fact that there are different globalizations going on today, this comprehensive study successfully integrates structural and symbolic analyses of communications and media policy in the conflicted spaces of the nation-state, trans-nation, and sub-nation. Chakravartty & Sarikakis’s remarkably systematic approach to media policy, technology, content, and civil society formation, fills in crucial details left behind by grand theory, including progressive postcolonial theory of global communication. In doing so, the book re-energizes the hackneyed field of international media studies and transforms it.
- John Nguyet Erni, City University of Hong Kong
The ideas and explanation in this book are a very welcome antidote to the dominant discourse of the virtues of the market, new technologies and competition. The proponents of technological determinism have for the past 10 years asserted that greater audiovisual delivery capacity will automatically deliver diversity and pluralism and have sought to roll back virtually all audiovisual regulation. The authors describe well the valid political, social, economic and particularly cultural questions which demand an answer if the public interest is to be served in communications policy and the regulation which should flow from it.

The authors rightly underline that the screen, large or small, is central to our democratic, creative, cultural and social life and that policy makers should give greater space to the views of civil society and parliamentarians interested in advancing the public interest. Rare is the attention paid to the realities of the digital divide as played out across the globe which provides important information for campaigners for greater technological redistribution and cultural diversity worldwide.

- Carole Tongue, Visiting Professor, University of the Arts, London, Former MEP spokesperson on public service broadcasting
Media Policy and Globalization serves up an ambitious, readable, and concise synthesis of how the messy world-system of communication policy is described and pondered in the communications and media studies discipline.
- Global Media and Communication

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