The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research

  • Hilde Van den Bulck
  • Manuel Puppis
  • Karen Donders
  • Leo Van Audenhove

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Media Policy Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manuel Puppis, Hilde Van den Bulck
      Pages 3-21
    3. Manuel Puppis, Hilde Van den Bulck
      Pages 23-49
    4. Karen Donders, Leo Van Audenhove
      Pages 51-67
  3. Research Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Sally Broughton Micova
      Pages 71-84
    3. Frank Esser
      Pages 85-101
    4. Werner A. Meier
      Pages 103-119
    5. Greg Hearn, Dan Swan, Kathryn Geels
      Pages 121-139
  4. Methods of Data Collection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Uwe Hasebrink, Sascha Hölig
      Pages 143-160
    3. Martine van Selm, Natali Helberger
      Pages 161-177
    4. Leo Van Audenhove, Karen Donders
      Pages 179-197
    5. Peter Lunt
      Pages 199-214
    6. Lizzie Jackson, Michał Głowacki
      Pages 215-231
    7. Christian Handke, Christian Herzog
      Pages 233-247
    8. Kari Karppinen, Hallvard Moe
      Pages 249-262
    9. Corinne Schweizer
      Pages 263-276
    10. Sonja de Leeuw, Jasmijn Van Gorp
      Pages 277-293
  5. Methods of Data Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Jurgen Minnebo, Bart Cambré
      Pages 329-346
    3. Balázs Bodó, Bob van de Velde
      Pages 347-366
    4. Christian Herzog, Christian Handke, Erik Hitters
      Pages 385-401
    5. Christopher Ali
      Pages 403-418
    6. Maria Löblich
      Pages 419-433
    7. Dimitri Mortelmans
      Pages 435-450
    8. Patrick Kenis, Volker Schneider
      Pages 471-491
    9. Sílvia Majó-Vázquez
      Pages 493-508
    10. Victor Pickard
      Pages 509-517
    11. Marko Milosavljević, Melita Poler
      Pages 519-539
    12. Terry Flew, Tania Lim
      Pages 541-555
    13. Michael Latzer, Florian Saurwein, Natascha Just
      Pages 557-574
    14. Markus Oermann, Wolfgang Schulz
      Pages 575-593
    15. Anne-Sofie Vanhaeght
      Pages 595-608
  6. Reporting and Disseminating Media Policy Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 609-609
    2. Tim Raats
      Pages 611-625
    3. Des Freedman
      Pages 627-639
    4. Sandra Braman
      Pages 657-674
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 675-681

About this book


“Understanding media policy is key to the study of polities and politics. Whatever the insights into policy processes and their outcomes, research must be methodologically rigorous. This book on methodology is an enormously useful guide to ensuring that media policy research has a robust foundation for policy influence and intervention.”
Robin Mansell, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

“Recent social and technological changes require that media policymaking, research and analysis utilize methodologically sound approaches and techniques. The handbook’s contribution to the field is thus timely and much needed, bringing together top experts and creating a unique and valuable resource for academics and policy makers alike.”
Amit M. Schejter, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and Penn State University, USA

The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research covers the craft that is and the methods used in media and communication policy research. It discusses the steps involved in conducting research, from deciding on a topic to writing a report and everything in between and, furthermore, deals with a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. The handbook invites researchers to rediscover trusted methods such as document analysis, elite interviews and comparisons, as well as to familiarize themselves with newer methods like experiments, big data and network analysis. For each method, the handbook provides a practical step-by-step guide and case studies that help readers in using that method in their own research. The methods discussed are useful for all areas of media and communication policy research, for research concerning the governance of both mass media and online platforms, and for policy issues around the globe. As such, the handbook is an invaluable guide to every researcher in this field.

Hilde Van den Bulck is Professor of Communication Studies and Head of the Department of Communication at Drexel University, USA.

Manuel Puppis is Full Professor of Media Systems and Media Structures in the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Karen Donders is Assistant Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and senior researcher at imec-SMIT.

Leo Van Audenhove is Professor of Communication and Head of the Department of Communication Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and researcher at imec-SMIT.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hilde Van den Bulck
    • 1
  • Manuel Puppis
    • 2
  • Karen Donders
    • 3
  • Leo Van Audenhove
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication and Media ResearchUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Communication StudiesVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Department of Communication StudiesVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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