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This books draws a comparative balance of twenty years’ international media assistance in the five countries of the Western Balkans. The central question was what happens to imported models when they are transposed onto the newly evolving media systems of transitional societies. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia undertook a range of media reforms to conform with accession requirements of the European Union and the standards of the Council of Europe, among others. The essays explore the nexus between the democratic transformation of the media and international media assistance. The cross-national analysis concludes that the effects of international assistance are highly constrained by the local context. From today’s vantage point it becomes obvious, that scaling media assistance does not necessarily improve outcomes. The experiences in the region suggest that imported solutions have not been very cognitive in all aspects of local conditions but international strategies tent to be rather schematic and lacked strategic approaches to promote media policy stability, credible media reform and implementation. The book offers valuable insights into the nature and effects of media assistance and the strategies deployed by international aid agencies, local political forces, media professionals, civil society organizations and other actors.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Chapter 1: International Assistance and Media Democratization in the Western Balkans: A Theoretical Framework
  2. Kristina Irion, Tarik Jusić
  3. pp. 5-26
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  1. Chapter 2: Limited Assistance for Limited Impact—International Media Assistance in Albania
  2. Ilda Londo
  3. pp. 27-56
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  1. Chapter 3: Media Reform through Intervention: International Media Assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  2. Tarik Jusić, Nidžara Ahmetašević
  3. pp. 57-90
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  1. Chapter 4: Starting from Scratch: The Role of Media Assistance in the Establishment of Independent Media Institutions in Kosovo
  2. Naser Miftari
  3. pp. 91-132
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  1. Chapter 5: Assisting Media Democratization after Low-Intensity Conflict: The Case of Macedonia
  2. Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski, Zhidas Daskalovski
  3. pp. 133-158
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  1. Chapter 6: Media Reforms in Turbulent Times: The Role of Media Assistance in the Establishment of Independent Media Institutions in Serbia
  2. Davor Marko
  3. pp. 159-188
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  1. Chapter 7: Looking for Shortcuts? Assistance to—and Development of—Public Service Broadcasting in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania
  2. Mark Thompson
  3. pp. 189-214
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  1. Chapter 8: The Uncertain Future: Centers for Investigative Journalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia
  2. Nevena Ršumović
  3. pp. 215-250
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  1. Chapter 9: Building Media Systems in the Western Balkans: Lost between Models and Realities
  2. Katrin Voltmer
  3. pp. 251-272
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  1. Chapter 10: Conclusions: A Cross-National Comparison of International Assistance and Media Democratization in the Western Balkans
  2. Kristina Irion, Tarik Jusić
  3. pp. 273-298
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-334
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 335-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-347
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789633862605
Related ISBN
9789633862599
MARC Record
OCLC
1066097759
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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