© Media Watch 7 (1) 30-43, 2016
ISSN 0976-0911 e-ISSN 2249-8818
What is Political about Political Economy: A Rejoinder to the Fuchs-Winseck Debate
SCOTT TIMCKE1 & DEREK KOOTTE2
1School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada
2Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
This paper uses the Winseck-Fuchs debate as a case study in assessing how value preferences shape definitions, predicate logic, and axiomatic reasoning, and in turn influence the analysis of institutions. The study identify and contrast the explanatory power behind different modes of institutional analysis often applied in the study of communication in advanced capitalist societies. Thereafter the study attend to how these modes account for capacity, frame collective actions problems, take account of trade-offs and coalition building, as well as describe behaviour of and within institutions. In the second half of the paper, the study use critical political economic methodologies to examine the ideological coloring of these modes. The study highlight features often overlooked in reductive treatments of states and corporate conglomeration and seek to supplement them with a more sensitive political economic analysis. In this respect, the researchers think there is much scope for communication researchers to contribute to the general analysis of the advantages and problems of political assessment of governance as it relates to the media more broadly.
Keywords: Institutional analysis, political economy, media conglomerations, Dwayne Winseck, Christian Fuchs
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Dr. Scott Timcke recently defended his PhD dissertation at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University. He works in the areas of social theory, political philosophy, and global inequality studies.
Derek Kootte studies political science at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on governance and development policy in emerging economies, and economic inequality.