Public Sentinel: News Media and Governance Reform
|January 16 2011|
The purpose of this book is to inform governance advisors about the vital role of the news media for governance reform. This book approaches the issue of news media and governance with three broad questions that it attempts to answer on the basis of quantitative data and case studies.
First, a normative approach asks: What ideal roles should media systems play to strengthen democratic governance and thus bolster human development?
Second, an empirical approach considers independent evidence derived from cross-national comparisons and from selected case studies, asking: Under what conditions do media systems actually succeed or fail to fulfill these objectives?
Third, a strategic approach asks: What policy interventions work most effectively to close the substantial gap that exists between the democratic promise and performance of the news media as an institution?
Within the broad context of the major issues facing the international development community, Public Sentinel: News Media & Governance Reform focuses on the performance of the news media as an institution in addressing the challenges of governance.
Editor: Pippa Norris
The problem: Good governance remains a global challenge
Nevertheless, these indicators also suggest that in many countries the advance of good governance has stagnated or even reversed.
Reforms are urgently needed to improve the responsiveness, transparency, effectiveness, and accountability of governance institutions so that public services work for the poor as well as the rich.
Within the broad context of the major issues facing the international development community, this book focuses on the performance of the news media as an institution in addressing these challenges.
A diverse and independent media sector can be an effective way to increase government accountability and to benefit the poor by enhancing their participation and dialogue. ...
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