Western Media Systems offers a critical introduction to media systems in North America and Western Europe. The book offers a wide-ranging survey of comparative media analysis addressing the economic, social, political, regulatory and cultural aspects of Western media systems.

Jonathan Hardy takes a thematic approach, guiding the reader through critical issues and debates, introducing key concepts and specialist literature. Western Media Systems is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying comparative and global media.

chapter 1|21 pages

Explaining Western media systems

chapter 2|35 pages

Media system evolution

chapter 4|18 pages

Media theory: Paradigms and power

chapter 5|37 pages

Media and politics

chapter 6|35 pages

Media policy and regulation

chapter 7|37 pages

Media markets

chapter 8|25 pages

Western media and globalisation

chapter 9|10 pages

Assessing Western media systems