Author: Michael Meyen

Katrin Voltmer: The Media in Transitional Democracies.
Cambridge, UK: Polity Press 2013.

Reviewed by Michael Meyen


This book is a must-read for everyone who is interested in both mass media systems and comparative communication research. Katrin Voltmer, senior lecturer at the University of Leeds, “provides a synopsis of a large range of regional and case-specific research on media in transitional democracies” (p. 7). Focusing on regime changes of the third wave of democratization, the content is basically twofold. On the one hand, Voltmer “explores whether the media act as a force that promotes or inhibits transitions to democracy”. On the other hand, she „turns to the question of how the media themselves are affected by the transition process and how their institutions and practices are transformed in the course of rebuilding the political regime” (p. 8).

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