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Media reforms and democratization in emerging democracies of Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Ufuoma Akpojivi
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
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This book examines the media reform processes and re-democratization projects of Ghana and Nigeria's emerging democracies. It evaluates and critiques these reform processes, arguing that because of dependency approaches resulting from the transplanting of policy framework from the West into these emerging democracies, the policy goals and objectives of the reforms have not been achieved. Consequently, the inherent  Read more...
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Akpojivi, Ufuoma.
Media reforms and democratization in emerging democracies of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
(OCoLC)1019647671
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ufuoma Akpojivi
ISBN: 9783319753010 3319753010
OCLC Number: 1030892397
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Foreword; Preface; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1: Introduction; Rationale for Case Studies of Ghana and Nigeria; Democracy and Media Freedom: Revisiting the Debate; Structure of the Ghanaian and Nigerian Mass Media; Synopsis of the Ghanaian Mass Media; Synopsis of the Nigerian Mass Media; Complexities in Conceptualization Democracy; Bibliography; Chapter 2: Hegemony and Neo-Liberalism: Democracy and Media Freedom; African Democracy: A Basis for Democratic Media System Development; Revising Media Freedom: The Philosophical Debate; Media Policy Making and the Dependency Approach Framework for Understanding PolicymakingBibliography; Chapter 3: Media Reforms, Democratization in Ghana: From Policy Ambition to Implementation; Foreign Influence on Ghana Media Reform; Media Reforms and Policy Framework; A Discussion: From Policy Ambition(s) to Implementation; Independence and Freedom of the Media; Government-Media Relationship; Media Ownership Structure; Media as a Public Trust; Universal Access to the Media; Media Accountability; Bibliography; Chapter 4: Media Reforms, Democratization in Nigeria: From Policy Ambition to Implementation Foreign Influence on Nigeria's Media ReformMedia Reforms and Policy Framework; A Discussion: From Policy Ambition(s) to Implementation; Independence and Freedom of the Media; Government-Media Relationship; Media Ownership Structure; Media as a Public Trust; Universal Access to the Media; Media Accountability; Bibliography; Chapter 5: Comparative Analysis: Common Patterns or Disparity?; Bibliography; Chapter 6: Rethinking Media Reforms in Emerging Democracies: The Unanswered Questions; Bibliography; Bibliography; Index
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This book examines the media reform processes and re-democratization projects of Ghana and Nigeria's emerging democracies. It evaluates and critiques these reform processes, arguing that because of dependency approaches resulting from the transplanting of policy framework from the West into these emerging democracies, the policy goals and objectives of the reforms have not been achieved. Consequently, the inherent socio-cultural, economic and political factors, coupled with the historical antecedents of these countries, have also affected the reform process. Drawing from policy documents, analyses and interviews Ufuoma Akpojivi argues that the lack of citizens' active participation in policy processes has led to neo-liberalization and the continued universalization of Western ideologies such as democracy, media freedom and independence. Akpojivi posits that the recognition of socio-cultural, political and economic factors inherent to these emerging democracies, coupled with the communal participation of citizens, will facilitate true media reform processes and development of these countries. Ufuoma Akpojivi is Senior Lecturer in the Media Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research interests cut across media policy, democratization and new media and citizens' engagement. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) South Africa rated researcher and a fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies.

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