How the media are organised and funded is central to understanding their role in society. Critical Political Economy of the Media provides a clear, comprehensive and insightful introduction to the political economic analysis of contemporary media.
Jonathan Hardy undertakes a critical survey of political economy scholarship encompassing worldwide literature, issues and debates, and relationships with other academic approaches. He assesses different ways of making sense of media convergence and digitalisation, media power and influence, and transformations across communication markets. Many of the problems of the media that prompted critical political economy research remain salient, he argues, but the approach must continue to adapt to new conditions and challenges. Hardy advances the case for a revitalised critical media studies for the 21st century.
Topics covered include:
media ownership and financing
news and entertainment
convergence and the Internet
advertising and media
media policy and regulation
Introducing key concepts and research, this book explains how political economy can assist students, researchers and citizens to investigate and address vital questions about the media today.
Jonathan Hardy is Reader in Media Studies at the University of East London and teaches at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Western Media Systems (2008) and Cross-Media Promotion (2010).
Foreword James Curran Part I: Mapping approaches and themes 1. What (is) political economy of the media? 2. Paradigms of media power: liberal and radical perspectives on media processes 3. Media cultures, media economics and media problems Part II: Critical investigations in political economy 4. Concentration, conglomeration, commercialisation 5. Political economy of the Internet and digital media 6. Marketing communications and media 7. Globalisation, media transnationalisation and culture 8. Media convergence and communications regulation Part III: Interventions and Change 9. Media power, challenges and alternatives Bibliography