Handbook of Media and Communication Governance


Handbook of Media and Communication Governance

9781800887190 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Manuel Puppis, Professor of Media Structures and Governance, Department of Communication and Media Research DCM, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Robin Mansell, Professor Emerita, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and Hilde Van den Bulck, Professor of Media and Communication, Department of Communication, Drexel University, Philadelphia, US
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 719 0 Extent: c 642 pp
This state-of-the-art Handbook provides unique insights into the governance practices and institutions shaping digitalized public spheres. Focusing on the power relations involved, it presents diverse approaches to key debates in media and communication governance, showcasing groundbreaking advances in the field.

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This state-of-the-art Handbook provides unique insights into the governance practices and institutions shaping digitalized public spheres. Focusing on the power relations involved, it presents diverse approaches to key debates in media and communication governance, showcasing groundbreaking advances in the field.

Contributing authors explore the impact of long-standing trends such as commercialization, digitalization and transnationalization on media and communication governance, highlighting urgent new developments including algorithmization and datafication. Combining theoretical inquiry with cutting-edge empirical analysis, they address governance challenges at the regional, national and global levels to provide a broad view of the social ordering of media systems. Ultimately, the Handbook explores how to protect the public sphere in the digital age and ensure that media organizations and platforms meet democratic expectations.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this Handbook is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of media and communication studies, digital governance and platform studies. It will also be of interest to policymakers seeking to develop effective regulatory systems for the modern media and communications environment.
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‘A timely intervention that successfully combines an effort in consolidating a field of study that has grown increasingly diverse over the past three decades, with the ambition to articulate communication governance – its modes, challenges and core values – so as to investigate power relations and address a fundamental question: “whose interests should take precedence when new approaches to governing the digital ecology are put in place?”’
– Claudia Padovani, University of Padova, Italy

‘These three eminent scholars have assembled a diverse array of leading policy thinkers to grapple with many of the most daunting challenges facing media governance today. By establishing clear theoretical and methodological foundations, the Handbook promises to become a field-defining classic within the growing literature on communication policy, providing an invaluable resource for students and researchers alike.’
– Victor Pickard, University of Pennsylvania, US

Preface xv
1 Introduction to media and communication governance: from labelling
to theorizing and practice 1
Manuel Puppis, Robin Mansell and Hilde Van den Bulck

2 Sociological institutionalism: conceptualizing media governance as
institution and organization 28
Manuel Puppis
3 Historical institutionalism 40
Sara Bannerman and Bradley McNeil
4 Discursive institutionalism 50
Sarah Anne Ganter and Maria Löblich
5 Critical political economy: inside or outside the tent? 61
Peter A. Thompson
6 The political economies of communication, ‘big tech’ and cultural
industries from the ‘industrial age’ to the ‘internet era’ 73
Dwayne Winseck
7 Co-evolution: applications and implications for governance research in
communication studies 88
Johannes M. Bauer and Michael Latzer
8 Theories of the policy process 100
Kari Steen-Johnsen and Vilde Schanke Sundet
9 Critical discourse analysis and telecommunications policy: the myth of
technological neutrality 112
Christopher Ali

10 The independence of media regulatory authorities ‘on the books’ and
‘on the ground’ 126
Kristina Irion
11 Transnationalization of media and governance 141
Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw and Hartmut Wessler
12 Done is better than perfect: evidence, governance, power and platform
regulation 154
Leighton Andrews
13 Participatory and collaborative governance 166
Aphra Kerr
14 Diversity in governance 179
Tamara Shepherd
15 Anticolonial world-making: racial justice and global communication
governance 191
Paula Chakravartty and Charli Muller

16 Realigning incentives through formal media, communications and
platform governance 203
Robin Mansell
17 Governance through a crisis: media regulation in nondemocratic systems 220
Gregory Asmolov
18 Ants among elephants: regulatory challenges in countries without
globally dominant players 233
Peng Hwa Ang and Swati Maheshwari
19 Industry-level self- and co-regulation in media and communications 247
Florian Saurwein, Alena Birrer and Danya He
20 Private ordering of media organisations and platform operators 262
Tobias Mast, Matthias C. Kettemann and Wolfgang Schulz
21 Media accountability and ethics in Africa 276
Herman Wasserman
22 Governance by technological design, a critique 287
João C. Magalhães
23 Multi-level governance 300
Hilde Van den Bulck
24 European media governance: the EU and the Council of Europe 314
Damian Tambini
25 Global media and communication governance: the role of nation states 331
Julia Pohle

26 Communication rights, liberalism and the good life 345
Andrew Calabrese
27 Communication rights and capabilities 360
Amit M. Schejter and Baruch Shomron
28 Governing mediation in the data ecosystem: lessons from media
governance for overcoming data asymmetries 374
Stefaan Verhulst
29 Data privacy 386
Ine Van Zeeland and Jo Pierson
30 Governing media and communications diversity in the digital age 400
Fiona R. Martin and Tim Koskie
31 Children vs adults: negotiating UNCRC General comment No. 25 on
children’s rights in the digital environment 417
Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third and Gerison Lansdown

32 Media literacy governance 433
Joyce Vissenberg and Leen d’Haenens
33 Resistance and the limits of media literacy in countering disinformation
(in transitional media systems) 447
Shakuntala Banaji
34 Media power and ownership concentration 461
Natascha Just, Alena Birrer and Danya He
35 Competition law and regulation 475
Maria Michalis
36 Towards a new sense of purpose? Core shifts in audiovisual industry support 489
Tim Raats and Stephanie Tintel
37 Deplatforming and deplatformization as governance strategies 503
José van Dijck, Tim de Winkel and Mirko Tobias Schäfer
38 Accessible censorship 517
Nathan Dobson and Nicole Stremlau
39 AI, big data and bias: governing datafication through a data justice lens 529
Arne Hintz
40 Platforms in the Global South 541
Ram Bhat
41 Environmental sustainability 555
Gynna Farith Millan Franco and Toby Miller
42 Spectrum governance and 5G wireless 571
Gregory Taylor
43 Communication infrastructure and networks 586
Seamus Simpson
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