PrefaceChapter 1: Why Study Media Policy and Regulation?
Chapter 2: Is Content Still King? Trends and Challenges in the Production and Distribution of Television Content in Europe
Tim Raats, Jeanette Steemers and Karen Donders
Chapter 3: Media Economics and Transformation in a Digital Europe
Chapter 4: Media Governance: More than a Buzzword?
Werner A. Meier
Chapter 5: Subsidies: Fuel for the Media
Chapter 6: Public Service Media in Western Europe Today: Ten Countries Compared
Hilde van den Bulck, Leen d'Haenens and Tim Raats
Chapter 7: The Europeanization of the European Media: The Incremental
Cultivation of the EU Media Policy
Chapter 8: The Council of Europe: Ensuring the Freedom and Independence of
Chapter 9: Europe's Internet Policies: The Challenge of Maintaining an
Christian Möller and Tarlach McGonagle
Chapter 10: Media and Democracy: A Couple Walking Hand in Hand?
Josef Trappel and Hannu Nieminen
Chapter 11: Media Diversity and Pluriformity: Hybrid 'Regimes' across Europe
Leen d'Haenens, Elke Ichau, Hanne Vandenberghe and Pascal Verhoest
Chapter 12: Testing the Boundaries: Evolving Norms and Troubling
Trends for Journalism
Auksé Balcytiené, Karin Raeymaeckers and Elena Vartanova
Conclusions and a Message to Our Respected Readers
Notes on Contributors
Unpacking the Policy Cycle - Critical Issues in Comparative Media Regulation and Governance in Europe represents the continuation and further development of a long tradition of media policy books, focusing on the development of media structures and media policy within Europe. It provides a comprehensive overview of the current European media in a period of more or less disruptive transformation. It maps the full scope of contemporary media policy and industry activities while also assessing the impact of new technologies and radical changes in distribution and consumption on media practices, organisations and strategies. Dealing with a good selection of critical issues in comparative media policy, regulation and governance, the book combines a critical assessment of media systems with a thematic approach. It starts out with the state of affairs at the level of media platforms, approaching these from a functional perspective, i.e. opinion and debate, news provision and entertainment. The book is both an academic book and a text book, as well as a source providing good practices for steering media policy, international communication and the media landscape across Europe.