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Media Regulation and Democracy: A Minimalist Approach

  • Author / Creator
    Ostrem, Jacqueline Grace
  • While many scholars have argued that media deregulation has a deleterious effect on democracy, all have done so in a way that assumes the truth of a particular normative theory of democracy. This thesis instead describes the minimal requirements for a democratic public sphere and compares deregulated media to that standard, using the United States as a case study. The conclusions explore the causal relationship between deregulation and those results by delving into the economic forces at work within the media market. Popular contemporary objections are considered, including the potential contribution of the Internet.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GT5C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Philosophy
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Ipperciel, Donald (Faculté Saint-Jean/Philosophy)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Wilson, Rob (Philosophy)
    • Nye, Howard (Philosophy)
    • Boily, Frédéric (Faculté Saint-Jean)