Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 16

Seymour-Ure (1996) is the best historical overview of the development of the mass media system. Watts (1997) is more elementary but perhaps therefore more accessible. Blumler and Gurevitch (1995) is an important study of the crisis of political communication. Cockerell (1988) is good on the reporting of 'Westminster' politics. Negrine (1995) is a good general overview. Marr (2005) is an 'insider' account of reporting by a distinguished journalist and all the more valuable for that. Bartle and Griffiths (2001) is a collection focused on change. Mughan (2000) examines the connection between media effects and governing styles. The complex and difficult issue of media effects, on which this chapter draws, has been explored in several landmark papers by Newton and Brymin: see Newton and Brymin (2001) and Brymin and Newton (2003).

There is no website collecting the latest research work on the communications industry, but the site of the main regulator, Ofcom, is very useful: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/ However, the long term future of Ofcom under the coalition government returned in 2010 is uncertain at the time of writing.