The SPP Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) is a research center of the Central European University in Budapest dedicated to advancing media and communication scholarship and policy and the democratic potential of the media.

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State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide

December 6, 2013

Digital media and online social networking applications have changed the way in which dissent is organized with social movement leaders using online applications and digital content systems to organize collective action, activate local protest groups, network with international social movements and share their political perspectives. In the past, authoritarian regimes could control broadcast media in times of political crisis by destroying newsprint supplies, seizing radio and television stations, and blocking phone calls.

Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring

April 6, 2013

Did digital media really “cause” the Arab Spring, or is it an important factor of the story behind what might become democracy’s fourth wave? An unlikely network of citizens used digital media to start a cascade of social protest that ultimately toppled four of the world’s most entrenched dictators.

Media, Nationalism and European Identities

March 5, 2011

In April 2011, CEU Press and the CMCS published the latest of a series of books that resulted from the collaborative research network East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda (2005-2009), coordinated by the CMCS and funded as a European COST initiative by the European Science Foundation.

Comparative Media Systems: European and Global Perspectives

March 5, 2010

Introduced by Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini, the book takes stock of twenty years of exciting transformation of east European media systems after the collapse of communism in 1989—an explicit, comparative, academic discussion of media politics.

Media Freedom and Pluralism - Media Policy Challenges in the Enlarged Europe

March 5, 2010

The book provides a critical analysis of major media policies in the European Union and Council of Europe in a period of profound changes in media environments and use, and examines the logic of media policy-making and the reconfiguration of traditional regulatory models.

Objects of Remembrance

March 5, 2009

Objects of Remembrance is the memoir of Monroe E. Price, founder and Chair of the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at CEU, Director of the Center for Global Communications Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

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