Media Markets in Scandinavia: Political Economy Aspects of Convergence and Divergence

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    Abstract

    It is commonly believed that the Nordic countries, in general, and the Scandinavian countries, in particular, are so much alike that they constitute a common media system – often termed democratic-corporatist. But a review of recent studies on power and democracy in Sweden, Norway and Denmark shows that there is most probably no such thing as one uniform Nordic media model. It may be argued, however, that political and commercial preconditions make the Scandinavian media markets extremely suitable for comparative research. In order to do such research, without risking reproduction of prejudices and unwarranted generalizations, media researchers must pay close attention not only to media convergence, but also to divergence in terms of the political economy that constitutes the national framework surrounding media corporations and media regulators.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNordicom Review
    Volume28
    Issue numberJubilee issue
    Pages (from-to)121-134
    Number of pages14
    ISSN1403-1108
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Comparative research
    • Media market
    • Convergence
    • Divergence
    • Political economy

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