Cover

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Title page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

This is a cowritten monograph, and the authors have all taken part in developing the overall framework and main points of each chapter. Still, there has been a division of labor. Ole J. Mjøs had the original idea for the book, developed the initial synopsis together with Hallvard Moe, and coordinated the work from start to finish. He is the primary author of chapter 4 and contributed...

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1. The Nordic Model and the Media Welfare State

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pp. 10-32

The Nordic region is the northernmost part of Europe, consisting of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, with a total population of approximately 25 million. It is known for the Nobel Prize, furniture retailer giant IKEA, children’s favorite LEGO, pop groups such as ABBA and A-ha, oil riches, salmon, fjords, saunas, and snowy mountains. But the states of this region are also known throughout the world for their peculiar way of organizing...

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2. Media Use

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pp. 33-55

An enlightened public with equal access to information has been a key ideal of the Nordic welfare states. The citizens should not only be informed, but able and motivated to take an active part in both political and cultural activities. In a description of Nordic cultural policy aims, Duelund (2003, 488) states, “With the welfare state as a regulatory and mediatory player, citizens were to be educated as valuable, fully mature members of society with the ability to...

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3. The Press

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pp. 56-79

Historically, the printed press played a crucial role in the establishment of the Nordic countries as open, democratic societies. Within the newspaper sector there has been strong support for the view that the media should appeal to all and should inform and enlighten the population at large, and consumption of newspapers has been high in all social groups. However, both individual newspapers and the press as a whole are going through great shifts. In a time...

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4. Public Service Broadcasting

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pp. 80-104

The public service broadcasting corporations of the Nordic countries can in many ways be seen as cornerstones of the Media Welfare State. More than any other media structures, the public service broadcasters embody what we have identified as four key principles or pillars; they are publicly owned and universally available, they have institutionalized freedom from editorial interference,...

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5. The Nordic Media Company

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pp. 105-127

The media and communication system consists to a large extent of commer-cial businesses. In democratic societies, the press has always been a private enterprise. All of the Nordic countries? radio and television sectors have in-cluded commercial actors for more than three decades. Likewise, the telecom sector, incorporating Internet communication, is a commercial sector con-...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 128-139

This book has introduced the Media Welfare State as a concept connecting media systems with the Nordic model of society. The concept is based on analyses of media use, press structure, public service broadcasting, and commercial media and communications companies within the Nordic countries. In addition to our own analyses, we have based our understanding of the Media Welfare State on literature covering Nordic media. The Media Welfare...

Appendix

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pp. 140-141

References

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pp. 142-161

Index

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pp. 162-165