Notes on Contributors

Series Editor’s Preface


Introduction: The Political Economy of Communications: Core Concerns and Issues

What is Critical Political Economy?

Why Political Economy? Why Now?

Political Economy and Other Approaches

Organization of the Handbook

IAMCR/Political Economy Section

Part I Legacies and Debates

1 Political Economies as Moral Economies

Goods and the Good Life

Putting the “Political” into Political Economy

Competing Moral Economies

Commodities: Possessions, and Dispossessions

Public Goods: Reclaiming the Commons

Gifts: In Search of Generosity

Digital Enclosures

Creativity, Convergence, and Exploitation

Digitalizing the Commons

2 The Political Economy of Communication Revisited

The Development of the Political Economy of Culture

The Culture Industries, Cultural Labor, and the Cultural Commodity

The Cultural Commodity and Cultural Demand

From the Political Economy of Culture to the Political Economy of Information

The Political Economy of the Information Society (PEIS)

Telecommunications and the Culture Industries

Information Economics

Technologies of Freedom and the “Third Wave”

The Information/Copyright/Creative Industries as the New Growth Sector


3 Markets in Theory and Markets in Television

Markets and the Liberal Market Model

Defining Markets: Legal Basis

Defining Markets: Economic Relationships and Capable Entities

Defining Markets: Institutional Structures

Measuring Audiences for National Networks: The US Market for Ratings

The Right to Reproduction: ...

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