Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Apr 12, 2004 - Political Science - 342 pages
4 Reviews
Building on a survey of media institutions in eighteen West European and North American democracies, Hallin and Mancini identify the principal dimensions of variation in media systems and the political variables which have shaped their evolution. They go on to identify three major models of media system development (the Polarized Pluralist, Democratic Corporatist and Liberal models) to explain why the media have played a different role in politics in each of these systems, and to explore the forces of change that are currently transforming them. It provides a key theoretical statement about the relation between media and political systems, a key statement about the methodology of comparative analysis in political communication and a clear overview of the variety of media institutions that have developed in the West, understood within their political and historical context.

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics

User Review  - Timon Lesage - Goodreads

Chapter 2 (comparing media systems based on four dimensions) and 3 (five more political aspects) are very interesting. The three models Hallin&Mancini then discern work, but only just. France and the UK should be an exception to the Mediterranean and Liberal model respectively. Read full review


Comparing Media Systems
The Political Context of Media Systems
Media and Political Systems and the Question of Differentiation
The Mediterranean or Polarized Pluralist Model
The NorthCentral European or Democratic Corporatist Model
The North Atlantic or Liberal Model
The Forces and Limits of Homogenization

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2004)

Daniel C. Hallin is Professor of Communication at the University of California at San Diego and served as Chair of the Communication Department from 2006 to 2011. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The 'Uncensored War': The Media and Vietnam; We Keep America on Top of the World: Television News and the Public Sphere; and, with Paolo Mancini, Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics. The last book has received the Goldsmith Book Award from the Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics, the Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association and the Outstanding Book Award from the International Communication Association. Professor Hallin has been awarded the Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award by the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association, a Mercator Professorship of the German National Science Foundation and fellowships at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research covers media and politics, media and war, media and public health, the history of journalistic professionalism and comparative media systems, particularly in Europe and Latin America.

Paolo Mancini is Professor in the Department of Institutions and Society at the University of Perugia. He is chair of the undergraduate program in communications sciences and chair of the Ph.D. program in Social and Political Theory and Research at the University of Perugia. Mancini has served as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Diego and in 1995 he was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. In 2001, Mancini was a Fellow at the Erik Brost Institute, University of Dortmund and in 2009 he was a Fellow at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Mancini's major publications include Videopolitica: Telegiornali in Italia e in USA; Come vincere le elezioni; Sussurri e grida dalle Camere; Politics, Media and Modern Democracy, with David Swanson; Manuale di comunicazione politica; Il sistema fragile; Sociologie della comunicazione, with Alberto Abruzzese; and Elogio della lottizzazione. In 2004, with Daniel C. Hallin, he was the co-author of Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics.

Bibliographic information