[FoME] Buch "Mass Media in Emerging Democracies", Dec. 2005

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Von der Wesite der Verlagsgruppe Francis & Taylor, 17.3.2006:

Mass Media and Political Communication in New Democracies 
Edited by: Katrin Voltmer 

Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415337798
Pub Date: 22 DEC 2005
Type: Hardback Book
Price: £65.00
Extent: 240 pages (Dimensions 234X156 mm)

This book examines how political communication and the mass media have played a central role in the consolidation of emerging democracies around the world.

Covering a broad range of political and cultural contexts, including Eastern and Southern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, this new volume investigates the problems and conflicts arising in the process of establishing an independent media and competitive politics in post-autocratic societies. Considering the changing dynamic in the relationship between political actors, the media and their audience, the authors of this volume address the following issues:

changing journalistic role perceptions and journalistic quality 

the reasons and consequences of persisting instrumentalization of the media by political actors 

the role of the media in election campaigns 

the way in which the citizens interpret political messages and the extent to which the media influence political attitudes and electoral behaviour 

the role of the Internet in building a democratic public sphere 

This book will be of great interest to all those studying and researching democracy and democratization, comparative politics, political communication, journalism, media and the Internet.


1. The mass media and the dynamics of political communication in Processes of democratization ¿ an introduction Part I: The mass media and journalistic practice ¿ normative dilemmas, professionalization and political instrumentalization  2. The role of the press in times of transition: the building of the Spanish democracy (1975 ¿ 78)   3. `In the name of democracy¿: the paradox of democracy and press freedom in post-communist Russia   4. Conflicts of interest? Debating the media¿s role in post-apartheid South Africa   5. In journalism we trust? Credibility and fragmented journalism in Latin America   6. Old and new media, old and new politics? On- and offline reporting in the 2002 Ukrainian election campaign  Part II: Political parties, governments and elections: communication strategies and the mediatization of politics  7. Electoral campaigning in Latin America¿s new democracies: the Southern Cone  8. Democratization and election campaigning in Taiwan: professionalizing the professionals   9. Where¿s the party? Television and election campaigns in Russia   10. The Internet in politics: democracy in e-government in Taiwan   Part III: Audience responses to political messages: interpretations and effects  11. Does `trust¿ mean attention, comprehension and acceptance? Paradoxes of Russian viewers¿ news processing  12. Politics and the media in post-communist Russia   13. New democracies without citizens? Mass media and democratic orientations ¿ a four country comparison   14. Political Communication between democratization and the trajectories of the past.

Author Biography:
Katrin Voltmer is Senior Lecturer of Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK.

Full Contributors:

Carlos Barrera is Professor at the Department of Public Communication of the University of Navarra, Spain. 

Kees Brants is director of the MA programme in European Communication Studies and senior fellow at the Amsterdam School of Communnications Research, both at the University of Amsterdam. 

Arnold S. de Beer is emeritus professor in the Department of Journalism, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 

Hedwig de Smaele is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders (Belgium) and lecturer in Politics and Mass Media at Ghent University, Department of Communication. 

Roberto Espíndola is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Acting Director of the Centre for European Studies, where he also directs the Marie Curie Training Site on Europeanisation. 

Natalya Krasnoboka is a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. 

Ming-Ying Lee is a Ph.D candidate in Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. 

Ian McAllister is a professor of political science in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. 

Ellen Mickiewicz is professor of political science and director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism at Duke University. 

Sarah Oates is a lecturer in politics at the University of Glasgow and has written extensively on the Russian mass media and elections. 

Gary Rawnsley is Senior Lecturer in Politics, and Director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham. 

Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck is Professor of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. 

Katrin Voltmer is Senior Lecturer of Political Communication at the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. 

Silvio Waisbord is Senior Program Officer at the Aacdemy for Educational Development, Washington D.C. 

Herman Wasserman, D.Litt. is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and deputy editor of Ecquid Novi - SA Journal for Journalism Research. 

Stephen White is Professor of International Politics and a member of the School of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. 

Ricardo Zugasti lectures in Spanish Political System at the School of Public Communication, University of Navarra, Spain. 

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