Political Economy Section

The Political Economy Section examines the role of power in the production, distribution and exchange of mediated communication. Drawing from the rich history of political economic theory, Section members study social relations in their totality, consider how they have developed historically, evaluate them according to standards of social justice, and intervene to bring about a more just and democratic world...

Co-chair: Ben Birkinbine (University of Nevada, Reno, USA) [Contact]
Co-chair: Gabriela Martínez (University of Oregon, USA) [Contact]
Vice-chair: Micky Lee (Suffolk University, United States) [Contact]
Vice-chair: Mandy Tröger (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany) [Contact]

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Section members have been rethinking political economy in the light of developments in various parts of the world including the relationship between globalisation and localisation; the production of goods and services by firms in China; commodification and commercialisation; liberalisation and neoliberal policies, ideology and culture and how these issues influence control over the news and politicians. They are also concerned with issues around democracy including the challenges of limited funds available to alternative media outlets; linguistic issues, organisational issues and political insecurity.

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