Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-2009

Publication Source

International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society

Volume

22

Issue

4

Start Page

485

Last Page

496

DOI

10.1007/s10767-009-9078-4

Abstract

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.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com

Comments

This publication comes from a special edition of the IJPCS: “1989 and Beyond: The Future of Democratic Politics (II).”

Keywords

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

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Date Posted: 02 February 2010

This document has been peer reviewed.