Post-democracy, Press, Politics and Power

Fenton, Natalie. 2016. Post-democracy, Press, Politics and Power. The Political Quarterly, 87(1), pp. 81-85. ISSN 0032-3179 [Article]

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Transnational media corporations now wield enormous power and influence. Never has this been displayed so starkly and so shockingly as in the revelations that emerged during the Leveson Inquiry into the culture and ethics of the press in the UK. This paper considers the implications of the relationship between media elites and political elites for democratic culture and media reform. The paper argues that the culture of press–politician mutual interest in which media executives and party leaders collude will continue as long as the solutions proffered focus on the ethical constraints of professional journalists rather than wider structural issues relating to plurality of ownership and control and funding of news in the public interest.

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Phone-hacking, journalism, democracy, press, power

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre


1 March 2016Published
31 October 2015Published Online

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18 Dec 2015 09:12

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15 Apr 2021 13:17

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