Looking for Shortcuts? Assistance to—and Development of—Public Service Broadcasting in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania

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Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia undertook a range of media reforms to conform with accession requirements of the European Union and the standards of the Council of Europe, among others. The essays explore the nexus between the democratic transformation of the media and international media assistance in these countries. The cross-national analysis concludes that the effects of international assistance are highly constrained by local contexts. In hindsight it becomes clear that escalating media assistance does not necessarily improve outcomes. In the western Balkans imported solutions have not been sensitive to local conditions, and international strategies have tended to be schematic, without strategic approaches to promote media policy stability, credible media reform or implementation. [Publisher's description of this book.]
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia Constrained by Context
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Assistance and the Transition to Democratic Media in the Western Balkans
EditorsKristina Irion, Tarik Jusić
Place of PublicationBudapest
PublisherCentral European University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-963-386-259-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • media
  • public service broadcasting
  • Balkans
  • Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Serbia
  • Macedonia
  • Kosovo
  • Albania

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