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Media, Markets, and Democracy

Media, Markets, and Democracy

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Part of Communication, Society and Politics

  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521009775

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  • Giving people the media they want is thought to justify the move toward deregulation that has swept media policy circles. Freedom of the press is thought to require resistance to government interventions in the media realm. This book uses economic and democratic theory to undermine the premises of both beliefs. It also relies on these theories to evaluate journalistic practice, to recommend appropriate governmental policy toward the media, and to defend a preferred constitutional conception of press freedom. These issues should be vitally important to anyone interested in the proper practice of journalism, media policy, a free press, or democracy.

    •  Systematically critiques conservative arguments against government intervention in the media realm
    • Extends and develops democratic theory and shows the necessity of these extensions for understanding freedom of the press
    • Shows that the American position on international free trade in media products cannot be given a principled defense
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    "This is the kind of book that students should be encouraged to read and discuss as they take a media history course." American Journalism

    "By combining insights from political science, economics, and law, Baker creates a highly useful road map for individuals interested in thinking about what government can or should do to improve the media's contribution to the operation of elections and government." Political Communication

    "By combining insights from political science, economics, and law, Baker creates a highly useful road map for individuals interested in thinking about what government can or should do to improve the media's contribution to the operation of elections and government." - James T. Hamilton, The Political Communication

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    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521009775
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Serving Audiences:
    1. Not toasters: the special nature of media products
    2. Public gods and monopolistic competition
    3. The problem of externalities
    4. The market as a measure of preference
    5. Where to? Policy responses
    Part II. Serving Citizens:
    6. Different democracies and their media
    7. Journalistic ideas
    8. Fears and responsive policies
    9. Constitutional implications
    Part III. An Illustration: International Trade:
    10. Trade and economics
    11: Trade, culture, and democracy
    Conclusion
    Postscript: the internet and digital technologies.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Media Advocacy & Democracy
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    C. Edwin Baker, University of Pennsylvania

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