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The Scope of Government$
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Ole Borre and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294743.001.0001

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Government, Communications, and the Media

Government, Communications, and the Media

(p.283) 10 Government, Communications, and the Media
The Scope of Government

Peter Golding

Leo van Snippenburg

Oxford University Press

Over recent years, communications and media infrastructures in Western Europe have been subjected to two conflicting pressures. On the one hand, there have been many factors conducing to deregulation and opening‐up to market competition. On the other hand, many countries have witnessed renewed demands for cultural regulation, restricting the free flow of objectionable material. The juggling act required of governments in meeting these demands reflects the considerable inconsistency in public opinion. This chapter presents survey data regarding the general characteristics of public opinion about the proper boundaries between private and public decision‐making in broadcasting, and about the appropriate levels and forms of government intervention in communications (censorship).

Keywords:   censorship, communications policy, deregulation, media policy, Western Europe

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