By Christof Mauersberger

This booklet examines democratizing media reforms in Latin the United States. the writer explains why a few nations have lately handed such reforms within the broadcasting area, whereas others haven't. by means of delivering a civil society standpoint, the writer strikes past traditional debts that understand media reforms essentially as a kind of presidency repression to punish oppositional media. in its place, he highlights the pioneering function of civil society coalitions, that have controlled to revitalize the controversy on communique rights and translated them into particular regulatory results reminiscent of the advertising of group radio stations. The booklet offers an in-depth, comparative research of media reform debates in Argentina and Brazil (analyzing Chile and Uruguay as complementary cases), supported by way of unique qualitative examine. As such, it advances our knowing of ways transferring energy kinfolk and social forces are affecting policymaking in Latin the US and beyond.

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Defined in such a way— with reference to Habermas—it is academically productive to refer to the public sphere. , Fraser 1993: 9–13; Benhabib 1992) and others criticize Habermas’s claim as naı¨ve and simply impossible that status inequalities do not 3 Originally, Gramsci’s notion of civil society was dominant in Latin America. It referred to a sphere comprising institutions like schools, church, or family—the “trenches” that stabilize modern capitalist societies—where the battle for hegemony is fought (Bobbio 1988; Callinicos 1999: 202–214).

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