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Why do pluralistic media systems emerge? Comparing media change in the Czech Republic and in Russia after the collapse of Communism

Toepfl, Florian (2013) Why do pluralistic media systems emerge? Comparing media change in the Czech Republic and in Russia after the collapse of Communism. Global Media and Communication, 9 (3). pp. 239-256. ISSN 1742-7665

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Abstract

A quarter century after the collapse of Communism in the former Eastern bloc, a wide range of scholarly projects have been undertaken to compare and theorize processes of media change in the region. One question that scholars have sought to address is: what were the factors that crucially impacted how these media landscapes evolved? This essay aims to contribute to this debate by juxtaposing media change in two selected cases: the Czech Republic (as a best-case scenario in terms of convergence with the Western model) and Russia (as a scenario where convergence has been limited). Based on secondary analysis of a wide range of sources, the essay systematically exposes 11 crucial differences between the two countries and illustrates how these have impacted the processes of media change. The conclusion sets out how these findings could serve as a starting point and source of inspiration for future comparative research.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://gmc.sagepub.com
Additional Information: © 2013 by SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Funders: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 08:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/53148/

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