Introduction: Critical engagements with mediated power
This book is part advanced textbook and part critical engagement with the dominant paradigms employed in studies of media and power. In textbook terms its ten chapters cover a broad range of common media and communication topics that might be included in a one term course. These include: policy and regulation; media production; elite media management and media-source relations; culture, ideology/discourse and power; mediated politics and political communication; new and alternative media; interest groups, civil society and mediated mobilisation; media audiences and effects. Each chapter presents some of the key literature, debates and challenges on the topic, followed by new case study material.