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Communications Policy

Theories and Issues

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Culture, politics, economics and technology all impact upon policy decisions. To investigate the factors that influence communications policy, however, one has to go beyond conventional views of media and communication...

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Culture, politics, economics and technology all impact upon policy decisions. To investigate the factors that influence communications policy, however, one has to go beyond conventional views of media and communication studies and combine these with policy studies. Communications Policy: Theories and Issues utilizes new research to highlight key debates and developments, and addresses a broad spectrum of contemporary concerns regarding the structure and the organization of communications systems in the past, present and future.Combining theoretical analysis with empirical research findings, this comprehensive text explores the contemporary theories and issues in communications policy that affect all democratic societies as they seek to address the challenges of emerging information and communications technologies. Featuring contributions from distinguished authors across a range of media disciplines, Communications Policy introduces challenging ideas about how communications should be structured in the future and is essential reading for all policy makers, researchers and students of communications policy.Editors:   Stylianos Papathanassopoulos is Professor in Media Organization at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is the author of Television in the 21st Century (2005), Media and Politics (2004) and European Television in the Digital Age: Issues, Dynamics and Realities (2002).Ralph Negrine is Professor of Political Communication in the Journalism Studies Department at the University of Sheffield. His previous books include The Transformation of Political Communication (Palgrave, 2008), Television and the Press Since 1945 (1999) and The Communication of Politics (1996).   Contributors:   Bram Abramson, Johannes M. Bauer, Sandra Braman, Dom Caristi, Alistair Duff, Gisela Gil-Egui, Alison Harcourt, Jackie Harrison, Robert W. McChesney, Serge Proulx, Marc Raboy, Concetta M. Stewart, Yan Tian and Roxanne Welters.

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Chapters written by well known authors in the field
Introduces new research
Introduces challenging ideas about how communications should be structured in the future
Provides a consideration of key issues about how the field should be studied
Deals with multifaceted and largescale communications policy issues
Examines the complex forces that come into play when policies are produced

Introduction; S.Papathanassopoulos & R.Negrine
PART I: THEORIES- Approaches to Communications Policy: An Introduction; S.Papathanassopoulos & R.Negrine
Mediating the Public Through Policy; S.Braman
The Past, Present and Future of Information Policy; A.Duff
Media and Social Demand: Research at the Interface of Policy Studies and Audience Studies; M.Raboy, B.Abramson, S.Proulx & R.Welters
The Development of a European Civil Society Through EU Public Service Communication; J.Harrison
PART II: ISSUES The Escalating War Against Corporate Media; R.W.McChesney
The Role of the European Institutions in National Media Regulation; A.Harcourt
Public Broadcasters in the Digital Era; S.Papathanassopoulos & R.Negrine
Transformations of the State in Telecommunications; J.M.Bauer
Coordinating Internet Policies: Time has Come; D.Caristi
Framing the Information Society: A Comparison of Policy Approaches by the US and the EU; G.Gil-Egui, Y.Tian & C.M.Stewart.
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STYLIANOS PAPATHANASSOPOULOS Professor in Media Organisation and Policy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He has written extensively on media developments in Europe, especially on television issues. He has contributed to many international journals and his books include European Television in the Digital Age.

RALPH NEGRINE Professor of Political Communication at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been teaching and publishing int eh field of political communication for nearly two decades.  His publications include The Transformation of Political Communication, Television and the Press since 1945, Mass Communication Research Methods and The Communication of Politics.

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STYLIANOS PAPATHANASSOPOULOS Professor in Media Organisation and Policy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He has written extensively on media developments in Europe, especially on television issues. He has contributed to many international journals and his books include European Television in the Digital Age.

RALPH NEGRINE Professor of Political Communication at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been teaching and publishing int eh field of political communication for nearly two decades.  His publications include The Transformation of Political Communication, Television and the Press since 1945, Mass Communication Research Methods and The Communication of Politics.

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