Hannu Nieminen

Title of the presentation:

How and why to study media policy and regulation: conceptual and methodological issues

Short abstract of the presentation:

My lecture will address four main issues. First, I will ask why it is relevant to study media policy and regulation. In this part, the normative assumptions guiding the research will be addressed and the basic definitions in media policy and regulation will be offered. Second, questions concerning more specifically media regulation will be discussed. Five ‘public interest’ based approaches to media regulation are elaborated: the freedom of the press; public service broadcasting; universal service obligation; copyright; and network neutrality. Thirdly, the drivers for changes in media policy and regulation will be addressed. Four different emphasizes – the structural-functional, the ideological-political, the technology-driven, and the contingency-based explanations – will be analyzed more closely. Finally, some methodological approaches will be introduced.

Short biography:

Hannu Nieminen (hannu.nieminen@helsinki.fi) is professor of media and communications policy at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his Ph.D. in 1996 in the University of Westminster, London. His research interests include media and democracy, theories of public sphere, and communication policy and regulation. Currently he is leading a Finnish Academy funded project “Facing the Coordination Challenge: Problems, Policies, and Politics in Media and Communications Regulation” (2011-2015). Professor Nieminen is a member of the European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers (2010-). E-mail address: hannu.nieminen@helsinki.fi Areas of expertise: Media policy and regulation, media and democracy, theories of public sphere