Departmental Papers (ASC)

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Journal Article

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Postprint version. Published in:

Price, Monroe. Media Transitions in the Rear-View Mirror: Some Reflections. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society (IJPCS), 22:4 (special edition, “1989 and Beyond: the Future of Democratic Politics”), December 2009.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10767-009-9078-4


This essay explores the development of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe in the post-Soviet period, including the influence of social and political factors, outside media assistance, and the drive toward privatization and public service broadcasting, in an effort to understand what the experience teaches about democracy promotion, about the efficacy of various forms of media intervention, and about the utility of various forms of incentives and pressures in setting agendas and effecting political change. Despite differing historical, social, and political traditions and different forms of and reactions to media assistance efforts, factors, both exogenous (“Americanization” and “strategic communication”) and endogenous (“modernization,” secularization and commercialization), ultimately contributed to a homogenization of systems, rendering less relevant the particular distinctions among countries.


Media assistance, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Privatization, Public service broadcasting



Date Posted: 02 February 2010

This document has been peer reviewed.