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Rethinking Hallin and Mancini beyond the west: an analysis of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe


Castro Herrero, Laia; Humprecht, Edda; Engesser, Sven; Brüggemann, Michael; Büchel, Florin (2017). Rethinking Hallin and Mancini beyond the west: an analysis of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe. International Journal of Communication, 11(27):4797-4823.

Abstract

This study aimed to validate and extend Hallin and Mancini’s framework of comparison to discriminate empirical types of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe. We tested and complemented their original dimensions by using aggregated data from 11 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia). Our study shows the strength of political parallelism and public service broadcasting as variables for comparison. It also found that press freedom and foreign ownership point to significant differences between media systems in the region. Finally, a cluster analysis revealed the existence of three groups of media systems and provides empirical support for the assertion that there is no unique type of East-Central European media system.

Abstract

This study aimed to validate and extend Hallin and Mancini’s framework of comparison to discriminate empirical types of media systems in Central and Eastern Europe. We tested and complemented their original dimensions by using aggregated data from 11 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia). Our study shows the strength of political parallelism and public service broadcasting as variables for comparison. It also found that press freedom and foreign ownership point to significant differences between media systems in the region. Finally, a cluster analysis revealed the existence of three groups of media systems and provides empirical support for the assertion that there is no unique type of East-Central European media system.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Central and Eastern Europe, media systems, international comparison, cluster analysis, political communication
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:12 Jan 2018 12:39
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 09:44
Publisher:University of Southern California
ISSN:1932-8036
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://ijoc.org./index.php/ijoc/article/view/6035/2196

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