Public television and empowerment in Taiwan

Rawnsley, G. D. and Rawnsley, M.-Y. (2005) Public television and empowerment in Taiwan. Pacific Affairs, 78 (1). pp. 23-38. ISSN 0030-851X

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This paper analyses the development of public television in Taiwan. It argues that media liberalisation and political democratisation were, on their own, insufficient conditions to encourage the growth of media with links to civil society. Democratisation in Taiwan was essentially an elite-driven process (elites in power and in opposition); in turn, Taiwan's elites - political and intellectual - were the agents behind the development of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB), reinforcing the paternal characteristic of the PSB ideal. The development of PSB, promising civil empowerment and enlightenment, became a political issue, and mirrors many of the political debates that occurred over the evolution of democracy in Taiwan.

Keywords:civil society, empowerment, media role, state role, television, Asia, Eastern Hemisphere, Eurasia, Far East, Taiwan, World
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L Social studies > L240 International Politics
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science
College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:53417
Deposited On:14 Feb 2023 15:44

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