• This is a big-name author team. All are well-known critical scholars and activists. • Media and politics is a fast-moving field, so a cutting-edge intervention like this will be well-received. • As much as this is a “statement” title from leading academics, the ideas have also been used in the authors' PG teaching. This is a “supp” title that could reach any and all pol comms and media/politics reading lists.

The Violence of an Illiberal Liberalism

The violence of an illiberal liberalism


No social system is neutral about its own basic values. One of the most central values of liberal democracy, and one important distinguishing feature of liberal societies, is said to be the independence of media. Indeed, democracy would not exist without the freedom to express and communicate opinions, to assemble, associate, publish, etc. Yet the idea of media as private property which is also so central to liberalism imposes a decisive limitation on the democratic value that is accorded to media. The picture is further complicated particularly by contemporary digital media, which is less regulated, more secretive, increasingly powerful and being utilised by state actors in ways antithetical to the democratic claims ...

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