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Rethinking Media Pluralism$
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Kari Karppinen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245123

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245123.001.0001

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Three Models of Democratic Pluralism

Three Models of Democratic Pluralism

(p.27) Chapter 1 Three Models of Democratic Pluralism
Rethinking Media Pluralism

Kari Karppinen

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the different ways of theorizing pluralism as a democratic value by distinguishing three categories of democratic theory—liberal pluralism, deliberative democracy, and radical pluralism—all of which have influenced political and academic debates on media and democracy. Using these three categories, the chapter deconstructs some of the most commonly used normative structures in media studies and rethinks their implications in order to offer a distinct conceptual framework for understanding media pluralism. For instance, liberal pluralists perceive media pluralism as the marketplace of ideas and individual choice; for deliberative democrats, it is a means to improve public deliberation; while radical pluralists focus on the continuous dispute of power relations and hegemonic structures.

Keywords:   democratic theory, liberal pluralism, deliberative democracy, radical pluralism, media studies

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