Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 - Business & Economics - 334 pages
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In most liberal democracies commercialized media is taken for granted, but in many authoritarian regimes the introduction of market forces in the media represents a radical break from the past with uncertain political and social implications. In Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China, Daniela Stockmann argues that the consequences of media marketization depend on the institutional design of the state. In one-party regimes such as China, market-based media promote regime stability rather than destabilizing authoritarianism or bringing about democracy. By analyzing the Chinese media, Stockmann ties trends of market liberalism in China to other authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the post-Soviet region. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Chinese journalists and propaganda officials as well as more than 2,000 newspaper articles, experiments, and public opinion data sets, this book links censorship among journalists with patterns of media consumption and media's effects on public opinion.

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Instruments of Regime Stability and Change
Types of Newspapers in China
Boundaries for News Reporting on Labor Law
Selection and Tone of News Stories
Discursive Space in Chinese Media
Media Credibility and Media Branding
Newspaper Consumption
Media Effects on Public Opinion
Media Citizenship in China
Responsive Authoritarianism in Chinese Media
Notes on Data and Research Design
Experimental Treatments
Additional Tables and Figures
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Daniela Stockmann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her research on political communication and public opinion in China has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Political Communication, The China Quarterly, and the Chinese Journal of Communication, among others. Her 2006 conference paper on the Chinese media and public opinion received an award in Political Communication from the American Political Science Association.