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The Media Welfare State

Nordic Media in the Digital Era

Gunn Enli Trine Syvertsen

Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: University of Michigan Press
Published: 01/2014
Pages: 264
Subject: Social Science - Media Studies
Print ISBN: 9780472052158
eBook ISBN: 9780472900213


The Media Welfare State: Nordic Media in the Digital Era comprehensively addresses the central dynamics of the digitalization of the media industry in the Nordic countries� Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland� and the ways media organizations there are transforming to address the new digital environment. Taking a comparative approach, the authors provide an overview of media institutions, content, use, and policy throughout the region, focusing on the impact of information and communication technology/internet and digitalization on the Nordic media sector. Illustrating the shifting media landscape the authors draw on a wide range of cases, including developments in the press, television, the public service media institutions, and telecommunication.


“The Media Welfare State is an ambitious account of the Nordic media landscape. It is an innovative, timely, and well-illustrated commentary on the future of mass/public media and national media systems in the digital era of globalization, marketization and authoritarianism—trends that are not by any means specific to the Nordic region. An important intervention to the study of the welfare state, the book brings the media into the equation of its success and future sustainability.”
—Minna Aslama Horowitz, St. John's University, New York