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Unamerican Views: Why US-developed models of press-state relations don't apply to the rest of the world

Archetti, C 2008, 'Unamerican Views: Why US-developed models of press-state relations don't apply to the rest of the world' , Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 5 (3) , pp. 4-26.

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Abstract

The article shows the limitations of the 'indexing' hypothesis, an influential conceptualization of state-press relations based on the notion that the media tend to reproduce the range of debate within political elites. The hypothesis, as confirmed by an international comparative investigation of the elite press coverage of 9/11 in the US, Italy, France, and Pakistan, cannot be applied outside the American context. The analysis finds that the variation in the levels of correlation between elite press coverage and governmental discourse are explained by previously neglected variables: national interest, national journalistic culture, and editorial policy within each media organization. The article argues that more international comparative research and multidisciplinary approaches are needed in order to renew old paradigms, especially at a time when the distinction between foreign and domestic politics is disappearing.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JZ International relations
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture
Publisher: University of Westminster
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1744-6708
Depositing User: C Archetti
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 11:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:02
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/2731

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