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Polish Media System in a Comparative Perspective

Media in Politics, Politics in Media

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Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska

A media system does not exist in a vacuum. It develops and grows within social, political and economic systems. They interact with and influence one another, as well as stimulate each other’s development. The main subject of this work is the dynamically evolving Polish media system, which is under the influence of institutions and external stakeholders. Thanks to this, it is easier to understand that the "crossroads" is not only a problem of the Polish media system, but a global one. For this reason, a comparative perspective is employed. Three chapters help to provide an answer to research questions dedicated to political parallelism and journalistic professionalization. The analysis would be limited and unrepresentative if the book enclosed it with one country's border, omitting the broad global, European and Centro-European context.

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A media system does not exist in a vacuum. It develops and grows within social, political and economic systems. They interact with and influence one another, as well as stimulate each other’s development. The main subject of this work is the dynamically evolving Polish media system, which is under the influence of institutions and external stakeholders. Thanks to this, it is easier to understand that the “crossroads” is not only a problem of the Polish media system, but a global one. For this reason, a comparative perspective is employed. Three chapters help to provide an answer to research questions dedicated to political parallelism and journalistic professionalization. The analysis would be limited and unrepresentative if the book enclosed it with one country’s border, omitting the broad global, European and Centro-European context.

I very much like the way this book uses empirical data and knowledge in testing theory-based hypotheses while offering its own clarifying models. Dobek-Ostrowska’s work offers much-improved understanding of the way Poland fits into the Hallin-Manicini (Comparing Media Systems) categories, showing how it combines features of polarized pluralism (like southern Europe), and liberal market (with its commercialism and market logic). This book deserves a wide readership among scholars and others interested in Polish media and comparative media studies.

Robert M. Entman, J.B. & M.C. Shapiro Professor Emeritus of Media and Public Affairs , George Washington University, USA

A good book to catch the specificities of a media system in its move to democracy....

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