A Fatal Attraction: Public Television and Politics in Italy

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Political Science - 285 pages
Cinzia Padovani takes an in-depth look at Italian public service broadcasting, covering its history, its role in Italian society, its relationship to the political party system, and its influence on cultural and linguistic unification in Italy. Tracing the history and development of Italian public television broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) to the present, Padovani challenges traditional views by asserting that parties' 'interference' in RAI has, at times, strengthened the role of public service broadcasting and that partisan journalism has even enhanced democratic potential.
 

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Contents

Democracy in Italy 19452003
13
RAI and the Party System Part I
53
RAI and the Party System Part II
105
Lottizzazione A Normal Practice for Public Service Journalists
161
Political Power and the Media
229
Glossary
257
Bibliography
265
Index
275
About the Author
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Cinzia Padovani is assistant professor of the political economy of the mass media in the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University.

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