The Political Content of British Economic, Business and Financial Journalism

A Deficit of Perspectives

  • Gary James Merrill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-201

About this book


This book assesses the extent to which British news organizations gave exposure and credence to different political interpretations of economics and business news in the decade before the 2008 Financial Crisis. Through the content analysis of some 1,600 news items, this study provides compelling empirical evidence to inform often theoretical debates about neoliberal assumptions in the media. In each of the three pre-2008 case studies – economic globalization, private finance and public services, and Tesco – Merrill finds that the TelegraphThe Times, the Sunday Times and, to varying extents, the Guardian-Observer and the BBC gave limited exposure and credence to ideas from the left of the political spectrum. As such, he builds an important comparative picture of economic, business and financial journalism in the period before the defining event of the decade, the effects of which continue to resonate.


British politics economic EFB finance business Economic journalism Fianance journalism Business journalism Political journalism British news

Authors and affiliations

  • Gary James Merrill
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK

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