Questioning the Role of Foreign Aid in Media System Research

  • Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris


Any study that is looking into media systems is inevitably drawn to the work of Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini (2004) and their book Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics. Their study of eighteen Western democracies laid the scholarly foundations and a conceptual framework to discover what characteristics are specific to media systems, and ultimately answered a pivotal question: why are media systems the way they are? Their conventional method of studying media systems, which assesses the relationship between media and politics, automatically places the nation state as the key unit of analysis. However, through a recent examination of Malawi’s media system, which has recently transitioned from authoritarian populism to the liberal media model, has brought to light the importance of studying media systems through external variables, namely foreign aid and neoliberalism.


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  • Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris
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  1. 1.Changing the Face of Africa (CTFOA)LilongweMalawi

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