The re-regulation of broadcasting, or the mill owners' triumph

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As Colin Leys points out in his seminal study of our neo-liberal democracy, Market Driven Politics, British broadcasting has, over the past twenty years, been inexorably reconstituted as a field of accumulation, rather than a set of primarily political institutions (Leys 2001: 36). As in every other area of British life, this change has been effected by deliberate political strategies which include the conversion of services into commodities and significant intervention by the State to lower the risks involved in investment. A similar point has been made by Graham Murdock and Peter Golding in their discussion of the marketization of British society, which they see as entailing three processes:

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Publication date: November 1, 2003

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