This seminar aims at presenting and discussing this PhD research, focusing on methodology and major findings. Our main goal is to understand media regulation in Portugal, questioning the underlying power relationships in regulation in a three-fold approach: 1) the supranational policy framework for media and media regulation; 2) a longitudinal study of Portuguese media regulators since the establishment of a democratic regime; and 3) the in-depth analysis of the designed model for the state media regulatory body (“Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social – ERC”), questioning virtues and limitations. Using semi-structured interviews and document analysis as research methods, we conclude by stating that both political power and media power influence media regulation and that there is a political instrumental use of media regulation over the years, more as a targeted testing tool rather than a sustained strategy in coping with challenges and problem-solving.
Mariana Lameiras is a researcher at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CSRC) of the University of Minho in the field of Communication Policy and Political Economy of Communication. She was involved in several research projects and is currently member of a comparative research project about media regulatory bodies in Europe, in straight articulation with the EuroMedia Research Group, under the coordination of Helena Sousa. She collaborated with UNU-EGOV in a project about Digital Technology, Digital Media and the Regulation of Political Parties, funded by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). She was invited Professor of the Portuguese Catholic University and is national correspondent of the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) and the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam), developing collective studies and writing articles on a permanent basis for IRIS – Legal Observations of the EAO and Merlin database.
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