Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in U.S. Public Policy - Studies in Postwar American Political Development (Paperback)
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Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in U.S. Public Policy - Studies in Postwar American Political Development (Paperback)

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Neoliberal policy approaches have swept over the American political economy in recent decades. In Framing Inequality, Matt Guardino focuses on the power of corporate news media in shaping how the public understands the pivotal policy debates of this period. Drawing on a wide range of empirical evidence from the dawn of the Reagan era into the Trump administration, he explains how profit pressures and commercial imperatives in the media have narrowed and trivialized news coverage and influenced public attitudes in the process. Guardino highlights how the political-economic structure of mainstream media operates to magnify some political messages and to mute or shut out others. He contends that news framing of policies that contribute to economic inequality has been unequal, and that this has undermined Americans' opportunities to express their views on an equal basis. Framing Inequality is a unique study that offers critical understanding of not only how neoliberalism succeeded as a political project, but also how Americans might begin to build a more democratic and egalitarian media system.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190888190
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 428 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Who's to blame for America's intense partisanship? A favorite villain are the media and their unrelenting political agendas and ideological convictions. Not so says Matt Guardino. The media's commercial interests and support for private markets and business are the driving force of press coverage. Framing Inequality provocatively recasts debates about American democracy, economic inequality, and the press * Lawrence Jacobs, University of Minnesota *
Economic inequality is among the most profound social problems facing us today, yet our news media often obfuscate the root causes and constrain our imagination about possible solutions. With ample evidence, methodological flair, rigorous analysis, and sharp writing, Guardino masterfully illuminates how media's political-economic structures impoverish policy debates, and he points the way toward designing a better system. Anyone concerned about the future of democracy should read this invaluable book. * Victor Pickard, author of America's Battle for Media Democracy *
Framing Inequality is an important contribution to our understanding of news media and politics. Guardino makes and original and important argument based on fresh research and a mastery of the literature in the field of political communication. This is a must read for scholars and citizens alike * Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois *

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