The Context, Purpose, and Structure of the Book

  • Paul MurschetzEmail author
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


Ever since newspaper companies have first turned to their governments for support to halt newspaper mortality caused by mounting economic problems in the 1950s, most continental-style European states have tended to agree upon applying public government-backed support to their print media operations and outlets. In contrast to the liberal Anglo-Saxon approach to press regulation which largely rejects the interventionist approach to providing cash injections to newspapers in need, corporatist-style government authorities in mainland Europe have long adhered to a public policy of granting financial subsidies to their press, according to which their democratic and political function—to guarantee that citizens have access to information, are accurately informed, and actively take part in the democratic political process––is promoted.


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In keeping with the spirit and theme of this book, this has been a collaborative effort, inadequately accounted for by the editor’s name on the cover. We would like to thank all contributors to deliver high-quality input in time. Further, the book’s idea was mentored notably by David Hutchison (Glasgow Caledonian University), who initiated a first draft of the book in 1997, and Josef Trappel (University of Salzburg), who gave much space and contributed with many innovative ideas to this project in its current form.

This book goes back to the author’s earlier academic publications State Support for Daily Press in Europe: A Critical Appraisal first published in the European Journal of Communication, and State Support for the PressTheory and Practice. A Survey of Austria, France, Norway and Sweden, researched for Glasgow Caledonian University (Dept. of Language and Media), published with the European Institute for the Media (Mediafact, October 1997). Last but not least, we thank Barbara Fess, editor in business/economics, and Marion Kreisel, editorial assistant, both Springer-Verlag, for their patience and great support throughout the editorial consultation and production process.

With the contributions of its many participants, this book attempts to be a first step to an international network of exchanging information and ideas on policy and research on State Aid for Newspapers for the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICT&S CenterUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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