This edited collection brings together leading academics in their respective fields to examine the European Union's impact on media and public policy. It provides an analysis of the broader areas of EU policy and links these together to give a greater appreciation of the nuances and scope of EU regulatory initiatives and their impact on the member states. Under a broad public interest perspective, the authors provide an assessment of the success of EU policy in protecting the public interest in the culture industries and respecting certain normative principles and balancing these with market dynamics.
Contents: Introduction, David Ward; Institutionalizing soft governance in the European information society, Alison Harcourt; European film policies and competition law: hostility or symbiosis?, Anna Herold; The European Commission's state aid regime and public service broadcasting, David Ward; Media pluralism and enlargement: the limits and potential for media policy change, Beata Klimkiewicz; The changing totems of European telecommunications governance: liberalization, market forces and the importance of the EU regulatory package, Seamus Simpson; Back to the future: new media, same principles? Convergence regulation re-visited, Monica Ariño and Carles Llorens; Jurisdiction in the Television without Frontiers Directive, Lorna Woods; Content ratings harmonization and the protection of minors in the European information society, Oliver Carsten Füg; The quota quandary: an assessment of Articles 4–6 of the Television without Frontiers Directive, Tarlach McGonagle; Promises and pitfalls of the European copyright law harmonization process, Maria Lillà Montagnani and Maurizio Borghi; The culture industries: from the Common Market to a common sense, Rostam J. Neuwirth; Index.
About the Editor: David Ward
Reviews: 'This comprehensive and indispensable guide to European Union policy for the cultural industries is enlightening, well informed, well written and up to date. Authoritatively covering innovation in European cultural and media governance, competition law and regulation and the articulation of European policies on copyright, protection of minors, film, television and telecommunications, this book is a model of its kind.'
Richard Collins, Open University, UK
'An important contribution deserving of wide readership, this comprehensive collection of expert contributions explores the European Union's role across a range of policy issues in the communications sector. At once authoritative and accessible, it sheds light on the complexities of the relationship between the EU institutions and the Member States, providing a fascinating account of the jurisdictional grey areas and the tensions inherent in the EU's system of multi-level governance.'
Peter Humphreys, University of Manchester, UK.
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