This book presents a systematic overview and assessment of the impacts of politics on the media, and of the media on politics, in authoritarian, transitional and democratic regimes in Russia, Spain, Hungary, Chile, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States. Its analysis of the interactions between macro- and micro-level factors incorporates the disciplinary perspectives of political science, mass communications, sociology and social psychology. These essays show that media's effects on politics are the product of often complex and contingent interactions among various causal factors, including media technologies, the structure of the media market, the legal and regulatory framework, the nature of basic political institutions, and the characteristics of individual citizens. The authors' conclusions challenge a number of conventional wisdoms concerning the political roles and effects of the mass media on regime support and change, on the political behavior of citizens, and on the quality of democracy.
• Offers an unprecedented comparative perspective on the relationship between the media and politics, covering ten countries • Covers interactions among causal factors normally dealt with separately within disciplinary communities that rarely speak to each other • Deals with media effects that influence non-democratic regimes and help determine the course of democratic transition and the quality of new democracies
1. The media in democratic and non-democratic regimes: a multilevel perspective Anthony Mughan and Richard Gunther; 2. Politics and the media in Spain: from dictatorship to democracy Richard Gunther, José Ramón Montero and José Ignacio Wert; 3. Institutional incapacity, the attentive public and media pluralism in Russia Ellen Mickiewicz; 4. Democratic transformation and the mass media in Hungary: from Stalinism to democratic consolidation Miklos Sükösd; 5. The modernization of communications: the media in the transition to democracy in Chile Eugenio Tironi and Guillermo Sunkel; 6. Media influence in the Italian transition from a consensual to a majoritarian democracy Carlo Marletti and Franca Roncarolo; 7. The United States: news in a free-market society Thomas Patterson; 8. Japan: news and politics in a media-saturated democracy Ellis S. Krauss; 9. The Netherlands: the media in a depillarized society Cees van der Eijk; 10. Great Britain: the end of the 'News at Ten' and the changing news environment Holli S. Semetko; 11. The media and politics in the New Germany Max Kaase; 12. The political impact of the mass media: a reassessment Richard Gunther and Anthony Mughan.
'… a useful teaching tool in courses of political science or communication.' Acta Politica