Despite the long-standing normative assumption that, for individuals in transitional states, exposure to Western media cultivates stronger attachments to Western political and economic values, the evidence presented here suggests otherwise. Using mass public survey data from the mid-1990s in five Central and Eastern European countries, this article demonstrates a general lack of support for international media's positive contributions to individuals' democratic attitudes and preferences for market economies. This finding is particularly unexpected because the countries under investigation represent ideal cases based on their proximity to Western democracies and international (Western) media sources' capacities for extensive transnational media penetration into the region. Yet this failure to find persuasive evidence of the influence of international media diffusion on the development of Western political values sharpens our understanding of the process of political socialization in democratizing countries by eliminating an assumed source and is thus relevant to students of democratization, international development, and mass media. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009.

Loveless M. (2009). The theory of international media diffusion: Political socialization and international media in transitional democracies. STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 44(2), 118-136 [10.1007/s12116-009-9041-4].

The theory of international media diffusion: Political socialization and international media in transitional democracies

Loveless M.
2009

Abstract

Despite the long-standing normative assumption that, for individuals in transitional states, exposure to Western media cultivates stronger attachments to Western political and economic values, the evidence presented here suggests otherwise. Using mass public survey data from the mid-1990s in five Central and Eastern European countries, this article demonstrates a general lack of support for international media's positive contributions to individuals' democratic attitudes and preferences for market economies. This finding is particularly unexpected because the countries under investigation represent ideal cases based on their proximity to Western democracies and international (Western) media sources' capacities for extensive transnational media penetration into the region. Yet this failure to find persuasive evidence of the influence of international media diffusion on the development of Western political values sharpens our understanding of the process of political socialization in democratizing countries by eliminating an assumed source and is thus relevant to students of democratization, international development, and mass media. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009.
2009
Loveless M. (2009). The theory of international media diffusion: Political socialization and international media in transitional democracies. STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 44(2), 118-136 [10.1007/s12116-009-9041-4].
Loveless M.
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