First published as a special issue of Policy & Politics, this updated volume explores the intersections between governance and media in western democracies, which have undergone profound recent changes. Many governmental powers have been shifted toward a host of network parties such as NGOs, state enterprises, international organizations, autonomous agencies, and local governments. Governments have developed complex networks for service delivery and they have a strategic interest in the news media as an arena where their interests can be served and threatened.
How do the media relate to and report on complex systems of government? How do the various governance actors respond to the media and what are the effects on their policies? This book considers the impact of media-related factors on governance, policy, public accountability and the attribution of blame for failures.
"This timely book addresses the impacts of media on governance, policy and public accountability. It is a unique collection of studies about the interaction between new media actors and unelected government entities.. It is a must read for all who are interested in the role of media and democratic governance." Per Laegreid, University of Bergen
Thomas Schillemans is professor in public governance, Utrecht University School of Governance. His research focuses on public accountability, behavioral knowledge for public policy and the role of the media.
Jon Pierre is professor in political science, University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on contemporary governance and the changing role of political institutions. Key issues are political responsiveness and democratic accountability.
Introduction: Entangling and disentangling governance and the media ~ Thomas Schillemans and Jon Pierre;
Governance and the media: exploring the linkages ~ B. Guy Peters;
Media and public accountability: typology and research agenda ~ Sandra Jacobs and Thomas Schillemans;
Political control or legitimacy deficit? Bureaucracies' symbolic responses to bottom-up public pressures ~ Saar Alon-Barkat and Sharon Gilad;
Mediatised local government: social media activity and media strategies among local government officials 1989–2010 ~ Monika Djerf-Pierre and Jon Pierre;
Fighting or fumbling with the beast? The mediatisation of public sector agencies in Australia and the Netherlands ~ Thomas Schillemans;
The mediatisation of university governance: a theoretical and empirical exploration of some side-effects ~ Andres Friedrichsmeier and Frank Marcinkowski;
Managing commercialised media attention in complex governance networks: positive and negative effects on network performance ~ Erik Hans Klijn;
Over-responsibilised and over-blamed: elected actors in media reporting on network governance. A comparative analysis in eight European metropolitan areas ~ Karin Hasler, Daniel Küebler, Anna Christmann and Frank Marcinkowksi.