The Palgrave Handbook of European Media Policy

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  • Copyright: 2014-03-28
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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European institutions affect the day-to-day functioning of film, television, radio and the Internet. Their 'meddling' with media provokes many tensions, most importantly with member states including France, Germany, Belgium and Hungary. In addition, Europe's intervention is often deemed overly economic in approach, focusing on the success of an internal market - to the detriment of public interest objectives such as pluralism, diversity and universality. This handbook sheds light on these tensions through state-of-the-art, scientific contributions on various domains of European media policies. The overall aim of this handbook is to explore key concepts and theoretical approaches to European media policy: its historical development; specific policies for film, television, radio and the Internet; competition law and its effect on the media sector; and international aspects of the fragmented policy domain.

Author Biography

Karen Donders lectures in European Media and Information Society Policies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She is Senior Researcher and Project Leader with the Centre for Studies on Media Information and Telecommunication (SMIT). She specializes in European media policy, competition policy and its effects on the media sector, public service broadcasting and private television. She is author of Public Service Media and Policy in Europe, editor of Rethinking European Media and COmmunication Policies (with H. Kalimo, C. Pauwels and B. Van Rompuy, 2009) and has published widely in international journals including Convergence, Journal of Media Law, Journal of Electronic Governance and Info.

Caroline Pauwels lectures in European and Flemmish Media Policy and Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She is Director of the Centre for Studies on Media Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) and works on European audiovisual policy, entertainment economy and convergence and concentration issues in media policy. She is author of From Television Without Frontiers to Television Beyond Frontiers and Cyberteens, Cyberrisks, Cybertools (with J. Bauwens, C. Lobet-Maris, Y. Poullet and M. Walrave, 2009) and editor of Audiovisual Media in Flanders (with D. Biltereyst and J.C. Burgelman, 1994), B eyond the Digital Divide (with B. Cammaerts, L. Van Audenhove and G. Nullens, 2003), The Ungraspable Audience (with N. Carpentier and O. Van Oost, 2004), and Rethinking European Media and Communications Policies (with H. Kalimo, K. Donders and B. Van Rompuy, 2009).

Jan Loisen lectures in Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. He is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Studies on Media Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) and is Senior Researcher with the Flemmish Research Centre on International Policy. His primary areas of research include global media policy, trade and culture in the EU, WTO and UNESCO, international relations and globalization and information society theories. He is author of Cultural Diversity and Subsidiarity, editor of Subsidiarity and Multilevel Governance (with F. De Ville) and has published articles in the European Journal of Communication, International Journal of Communication and Media Perspecktiven.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: European Media Policy as a Complex Maze of Actors, Regulatory Instruments and Interests; Karen Donders, Jan Loisen and Caroline Pauwels
2. Analyzing European Media Policy: Stakeholders and Advocacy Coalitions; Hilde Van den Bulck and Karen Donders
3. Convergence, Co-evolution and Complexity in European Communications Policy; Michael Latzer
4. Identity and Diversity in European Media Policy: Crisis Changes Everything(?); Katharine Sarikakis
5. Old and New Issues in Media Economics; Pieter Ballon
6. Between Economic Objectives and Public Remit: Positive and Negative Integration in European Media Policy; Eva Nowak
7. Genesis and Rationales for European Intervention in Media; Caroline Pauwels
8. Focal Points of European Media Policy from Inception till Present: Plus çà change; Maria Michalis
9. The End of Public Service and the Reign of Free Market Thinking in Europe; Graham Murdock
10. Television, cohesion and the European Union; Richard Collins
11. The Cultural Facet of the EU Media Policy: Matching Rhetoric to Reality?; Evangelia Psychiogopoulou
12. Here Comes the Revolution – The European Digital Agenda; Robin Mansell
13. The ECJ as Agenda Setter in European Audiovisual Media Policy; Amedeo Arena
14. Small Member States and European Media Policy; Josef Trappel
15. Convergence and the Diversity of European Television Systems; André Lange
16. The Television without Frontiers Directive; Irini Katsirea
17. Audiovisual Media Services 3.0: (Re)Defining the Scope of European Broadcasting Law in a Converging and Connected Media Environment; Peggy Valcke and Jef Ausloos
18. The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Putting the European in European-level Film Support; Sophie De Vinck
19. Of High Hopes and High Deficit: An Overview of Europe's HDTV Policy and Reflections. Towards the Future of High Definition Television; Nils Walravens and Caroline Pauwels
20. Radio Spectrum Policy in the European Union: Concepts, Trends, Issues; Simon Delaere and Christina Cullell March
21. 'Are You Sure/That We Are Awake?': European Media Policy and Copyright; Fiona Macmillan
22. The Reasons for Intervention through Competition Policy; Herbert Ungerer
23. European State Aid Control and Public Service Broadcasting: Competition Policy Clashing or Matching with Public Interest Objectives?; Karen Donders and Hallvard Moe
24. Anti-trust: from Eurovision to UEFA and Back Again; Ben Van Rompuy
25. Pluralism, Media Mergers and European Merger Control; Petros Iosifidis
26. Trade versus Culture: The Policy of Cultural Exception and the World Trade Organization; Mira Burri
27. European Media Policy and Cultural Diversity at the International Level: The European Union's Role in Fostering the Implementation of the 2005 UNESCO Convention; Hélène Ruiz Fabri and Liliane Richieri Hanania
28. Mainstreaming Culture in EU External Relations through Protocols on Cultural Cooperation: Fostering or Faltering Cultural Diversity?; Jan Loisen
29. The European Audiovisual Policy goes Abroad: The Case of Inter-Regional Cooperation with Mercosur; Daniele Canedo and Carmina Crusafon

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