Media Regulators in Europe: A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis

Empirical evidence demonstrates that states around the world are gradually setting up or reconfigurating existing media regulators. The nature and performance of theses bodies vary profoundly from country to country and the consequences of their action (and inaction) cannot be understood outside the specific national and regional contexts of these societies.

This publication “Media Regulators in Europe:  A Cross-country Comparative Analysis” aims at gathering and analyzing information about media regulators in a particular part of the world: Western Europe. Although there is quite a lot of data available (mostly online and in different languages), we’re attempting to organize a coherent and hopefully useful document for regulators, politicians, academics and citizens concerned with the symbolic environment. Media regulators are supposed to improve the overall quality of the media and some certainly play a relevant role. They are expected to raise media standards and therefore to contribute to the expansion of public and private media social responsibilities. But do they? And, if so, how and why?

This e-book results from the common intellectual interests of the EuroMedia Research Group and the collective research project “Media Regulation in Portugal: The ERC’s Case” (PTDC/ CCI-COM/104634/2008), based at the Communication and Society Research Center (CSRC), University of Minho. One of the project’s objectives is to understand the Portuguese national media regulator in context. Therefore, we have invited members of the EuroMedia Research Group and the Project’s consultants to participate in this collaborative project that brings together the contributions from thirteen countries: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

You can download the e-book here.