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Comparing Media Systems


  • 3 b/w illus. 18 tables
  • Page extent: 360 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.597 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 302.23
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: P95.8 .H349 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Mass media--Political aspects

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521835350 | ISBN-10: 0521835356)

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Proposing a framework for comparative analysis of the relationship between the media and the political system, this book surveys media institutions in eighteen West European and North American democracies. It identifies the principal dimensions of variation in media systems and the political variables which have shaped their evolution. It then pinpoints three major models of media systems development (the Polarized Pluralist, Democratic Corporatist and Liberal models) and explains why the media play a different role in politics in each of these systems.


Part I. Concepts and Models: 1. Introduction; 2. Comparing media systems; 3. The political context of media systems; 4. Media and politics and the question of differentiation; Part II. The Three Models: 5. Mediterranean or polarized model; 6. North/Central European or democratic corporatist model; 7. North Atlantic or liberal model; Part III. The Future of the Models: 8. Homogenization; 9. Conclusion.

Prize Winner

Winner, 2005 Goldsmith Book Award, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University

Winner, 2005 Diamond Anniversary Book Award, National Communication Association

Winner, 2006 Outstanding Book Award, International Communication Association


"...Hallin and Mancini's valuable book advances theoretical understanding of Western media. Highly Recommended." D. Niven, Florida Atlantic University, Choice

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