chapter  12
Can Civil Society Mitigate Consequences of Crises?
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This chapter discusses how different civil society norms have developed over time in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and the Czech Republic. The aim is to understand if and how these rather different normative traditions may (or may not) motivate civic engagement in times of media crisis. The claim is that if a sustainable balance between market competition, government regulation and public participation cannot be struck, business turmoil and political tumult may develop into crisis of legitimacy affecting the very existence of a civilized public sphere for exchange of news and views. On the other hand, civil society norms may also motivate active citizenship and non-prot philanthropy in times of crisis.