Richard Collins and Cristina Murroni question orthodox views of both Left and Right concerning media and communication policies. Unlike many in the Left, they acknowledge the achievements of liberalism and in fact advocate an expansion of competition in some contexts. In contrast to the Right they argue that media and communications are too important to society to be left solely to the market - not least because markets often fail. Regulation is needed for effective competition, to ensure affordable access to essential services and to protect citizens and consumers.
Collins's and Murroni's study was undertaken at the Institute for Public Policy Research - the UK's leading centre-left 'think tank'. Their findings are essential reading for policy-makers, students and professionals in the area of modern media and communications.
1. Market Forces in Telecommunications.
2. Essential Facilities, Third Party Access and the Problems of Interconnection.
3. Concentration of Ownership.
4. Universal Service Obligation in Broadcasting and Telecommunications.
5. Freedom of Expression.
6. Audiovisual Policies: Too Much or Not Enough?.
7. Public Service Broadcasting: a Better BBC.
8. Convergence and Change: Reforming the Regulators.
Richard Collins Institute for Public Policy Research, London.