Media and Democracy

Authored by: Cinzia Padovani

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415604178
eBook ISBN: 9781315709970
Adobe ISBN: 9781317487555


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The interrelationship between media and democracy in Italy has historically been characterized by lottizzazione, a practice through which managerial, as well as editorial, positions in the public service broadcaster (RAI, Radiotelevisione Italiana) were assigned on the basis of an elaborate party-quota system. Whereas this system, in place from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, was often criticized as a sign of corruption and undue influence, it also had the lofty intention of improving political pluralism, after decades of the Christian Democrats’ cultural hegemony in Italy’s main cultural industry (Mancini, 2009).

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