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17. Mass Media

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In every country, there is some form of public communication about topics and actors related either to some particular policy domain or to the broader interest and values that are engaged. This communication is carried out in various forums. For various reasons, general audience mass media provide a master forum. The mass media forum differs greatly from country to country. The discursive opportunity structure is a sub-part of the broader political opportunity system which includes all of the institutional and cultural access points that actors can seize upon in pursuit of their attempts to influence public policy. The nature of the judicial system is an important part of the discursive opportunity structure. The mass media system in a country is itself a critical part of the discursive opportunity structure.

Keywords: cultural heritage; discursive opportunity structure; institutional barriers; mass media; public discourse



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