Excessive Regulation Through Bureaucratic Bullying: Evaluating Broadcast Regulation in South Asia

  • Azmat Rasul
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


This article highlights the intricacies and perplexities involved in policymaking in the area of communication. Policymaking in the field of communication is considered a measured intervention by the government in the structural designs and business plans of companies offering media and communication services. In developing countries such as India and Pakistan, where privatization of electronic media and its regulation are nascent experiences, communication regulation grows even more complex. This study compares broadcasting regulation in Pakistan and India through the lens of normative models of media performance. The article examines why and how the bureaucratic powers have hampered the process of broadcast regulation in India and Pakistan. The comparison is heuristically significant despite social and political difference between Pakistan and India, as both countries have inherited similar laws governing broadcasting from the British colonial rule and most of the pre-partition regulations are still in place. The article concludes that a great deal of political effort is required to establish independent regulatory authorities in both countries due to the overarching control of bureaucracies in both societies.


Normative theories Broadcast regulation Communication industry Diversity Media laws 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CommunicationFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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