Selected Book Publications in the Field "Media Systems and Media Structures"

Van den Bulck, H., Puppis, M., Donders, K., & Van Audenhove, L. (eds.) (2019). The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research covers the craft that is and the methods used in media and communication policy research. It discusses the steps involved in conducting research, from deciding on a topic, to writing a report and everything in between and, furthermore, deals with a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. The handbook invites researchers to rediscover trusted methods such as document analysis, elite interviews and comparisons, as well as to familiarize themselves with newer methods like experiments, big data and network analysis.

For each method, the handbook provides a practical step-by-step guide and case studies that help readers in using that method in their own research. The methods discussed are useful for all areas of media and communication policy research, for research concerning the governance of both mass media and online platforms, and for policy issues around the globe. As such, the handbook is an invaluable guide to every researcher in this field.

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Simpson, Seamus, Puppis, Manuel, & Van den Bulck, Hilde (eds.) (2016). European Media Policy for the 21st Century: Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future. New York/London: Routledge.

Media policy issues sit at the heart of the structure and functioning of media systems in Europe and beyond. This book brings together the work of a range of leading media policy scholars to provide inroads to a better understanding of how effective media policies can be developed to ensure a healthy communication sector that contributes to the wellbeing of individual citizens, as well as a more democratic society. Faced with a general atmosphere of disillusionment in the European project, one of the core questions tackled by the volume’s contributors is: what scope is there for European media policy that can exist beyond the national level? Uniquely, the volume’s chapters are structured around four key policy themes: media convergence; the continued role and position of public regulatory intervention in media policy; policy issues arising from the development of new electronic communication network environments; and lessons for European media policy from cases beyond the EU. In its chapters, the volume provides enriched understandings of the role and significance of policy actors, institutions, structures, instruments and processes in communication and media policy.

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Puppis, Manuel, Künzler, Matthias, & Jarren, Otfried (eds.) (2013): Media Structures and Media Performance / Medienstrukturen und Medienperformanz. Wien: ÖAW (Relation N.F., Bd. 4).

Media structures play an important role in explaining media performance. The research on media systems, institutions and organizations developed significantly over the last decade. This volume contains contributions that deal with media structures and their change, the influence of media structures on both media organizations and media content as well as the state of research field.


Just, Natascha, & Puppis, Manuel (eds.) (2012): Trends in Communication Policy Research. New Theories, Methods & Subjects. (ECREA Book Series, Vol. 7). Bristol/Chicago: Intellect.

Technological, economic and social trends are changing the context of communication policy. This raises not only the question of what these developments mean for policy-making but more importantly of what the implications are for communication policy research.

Trends in Communication Policy Research, the newest volume of the ECRA book series, aims to foster such a discussion by offering an overview of and insights into current and future areas of inquiry in this contested policy field. It is argued that scholars need to apply theories that have previously not been considered, to scrutinize research methods more thoroughly and to keep an open mind regarding new research subjects. It is discusses how to approach communication policy issues theoretically and methodologically and which policy challenges are emerging that require scholarly attention. The book is thus divided into three parts: new theories, new methods and new subjects.

With contributions from leading and emerging communication policy scholars from Europe and beyond, Trends in Communication Policy Research comprises the very latest developments in the theories, methods, and practical applications of the dynamic field of communication policy research.