Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power

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MIT Press, 2002 - 317 pages

Media have been central to government efforts to reinforce sovereignty and define national identity, but globalization is fundamentally altering media practices, institutions, and content. More than the activities of large conglomerates, globalization entails competition among states as well as private entities to dominate the world's consciousness. Changes in formal and informal rules, in addition to technological innovation, affect the growth and survival or decline of governments.

In Media and Sovereignty, Monroe Price focuses on emerging foreign policies that govern media in a world where war has information as well as military fronts. Price asks how the state, in the face of institutional and technological change, controls the forms of information reaching its citizens. He also provides a framework for analyzing the techniques used by states to influence populations in other states. Price draws on an international array of examples of regulation of media for political ends, including "self-regulation," media regulation in conflict zones, the control of harmful and illegal content, and the use of foreign aid to alter media in target societies.

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Remapping of Media Space
Stability Transitions and the Market for Loyalties
Tropes of Restructuring
Technologies and the Vocabulary of Change
Illegal and Harmful Content
Newness of New Technology
Toward a Foreign Policy of Information Space
Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of International
A Framework for Analysis

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Monroe E. Price is co-director of Oxford University's Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media, and Society at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

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