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Democratising media policymaking: a stakeholder-centric, systemic approach to copyright consultation

Edwards, Lee ORCID: 0000-0001-6542-1234 and Moss, Giles (2022) Democratising media policymaking: a stakeholder-centric, systemic approach to copyright consultation. Media, Culture & Society, 44 (3). 514 - 531. ISSN 0163-4437

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Media policymaking is often regarded with suspicion by stakeholders, with the result that policy can lack legitimacy and be difficult to implement effectively. This paper reports on a UK-based, collaborative and impact-oriented project where we engage stakeholders in a process of meta-deliberation, aimed at producing a stakeholder-centric, systemic understanding of copyright consultations and a strategy for change. Based on the findings, we propose a framework of purposes and principles that provides both a means of critical evaluation of copyright consultations and a guide for their reform. We conclude that shifting focus from policy outcomes to policy process is a constructive way to move debate forward in intractable policy areas like copyright, characterised by polarised and seemingly intransigent stakeholder positions. While changing the policymaking process would face significant institutional barriers, the framework we present here supports those who are concerned with taking the policymaking process in more democratic directions, whether they are officials within public authorities or activists outside them.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 09:18
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 18:18

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