In her new book, Lisa Müller, of London School of Economics, compares the performance of media systems in various countries. She measured the systems’ performance on two functions: firstly as a watch-dog and secondly as a discussion platform. According to her research, no country fared well on both functions – even though there were systems that failed on both.
The research also confirmed the importance of high-performing media to democracy. In this the systemic conditions need to be beneficial for media to properly flourish, Müller notes. Her book Comparing Mass Media in Established Democracies (2014) is published by Palgrave Macmillan. The author’s summary of it can be read online here.