Comparative Media Law Research and Its Impact on Policy

Stefaan G. Verhulst, Markle Foundation & Monroe E. Price, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania In this essay, we assume-perhaps too broadly-that research is useful for policy formations and ask, rather, why engage in comparative research? And because of our own work, we focus on comparative research concerning media law and policy. Comparisons can lead to fresh, exciting […]

Academic Research and Its Limited Impact on Telecommunications Policy Making

Rob Frieden, Penn State University In an ideal world, uncontaminated by partisanship and political agendas, academic researchers have much-needed qualifications and skills that can contribute to rational decision-making by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). By law, the FCC has to combine its in-house expertise with a transparent and complete collection of evidence when establishing rules, […]

Research In Government Agency Decisions – Observations About the FCC

Daniel L. Brenner, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considered by Congress and courts to be an “expert” agency and is tasked with a wide range of decisions that rely on expertise in engineering, economics and statutory construction. This presumed expertise allows courts to grant “deference” to the agency’s decisions. […]

Trying to Intervene: British Media Research and the Framing of Policy Debate

Georgina Born, University of Cambridge, UK My research focuses on issues of public service broadcasting (PSB) and public culture and media generally, and includes major studies in the last decade of the BBC and Channel 4, the two main British public service broadcasters, the UK television industry, and digital television and convergence. I researched and wrote […]

The Academic and the Policy Maker

Peng Hwa Ang, Nanyang Technological University I joined the Working Group on Internet Governance with very low expectations of how my input would be received. The reason is simple: this was a Group that was to deliver a report on a very sensitive (read “political”) area of the Internet. Where the urban legend said the […]

Policy Research in an Evidence-Averse Environment

Sandra Braman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee It has been a characteristic of the modern state ever since the French Revolution to favor evidence-based policymaking. Indeed, the word “statistics” refers to the interplay between the development of research methods and the uses of those methods by governments. But the nature of the state, and of knowledge production, […]

The Role of Academic Research in Media Policy Making: The Case Study of Hong Kong

Mei Ning Yan, Hong Kong Baptist University Ideally, a government consults all stakeholders before devising an important policy. In the process, academics may make meaningful contributions by researching what kind of policy and any detailed arrangements of such policy, that would be in the best interest of the public. Unfortunately, this is not the norm […]