English title: Institutions and Cultures: Analytical Framework for the Study of Democratization and Media Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe

Author(s): Auksė Balčytienė -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2015

Abstract

This chapter promotes the supporting of transformation and democratization studies in Central and Eastern Europe, with the understanding of having characteristics of a more general ‘societal culture’ in the investigated context. By constructing an analytical framework, the paper reveals the conflicting nature between, on the one hand, ‘formal structures’ enforced through structural transformations and institutional building and, on the other, ‘informal constraints’ such as personal values, attitudes, principles and standards. What follows here should not be seen as a thorough analysis of research already undertaken in Central and Eastern European (CEE) media analyses, but as an analytical scheme that combines both political and economic, as well as historical particulars of a contextual setting, and attitudinal and behavioral appearances of decision makers. The paper concludes that the EU’s post-communist societies, first and foremost, must uncover suitable practices and mechanisms for the resolution of value conflicts and societal integration which, ultimately, will lead to democratic emancipation and the consolidation of media freedom in the region.

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To page no: 62

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