Enquiry into the Notion of Cultural Protectionism in the Media and its Dimensions in Cyberspace

Burri, Mira (2011). Enquiry into the Notion of Cultural Protectionism in the Media and its Dimensions in Cyberspace (NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper 3). University of Bern Law School - World Trade Institute

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Cultural protectionism has been an element of national and foreign policies, as an extension of state sovereignty expressed both in a defensive and offensive manner. While the generic protectionist formula in the sense of restraining trade between states through measures such as import tariffs or quotas and through privileging domestic production has somewhat disintegrated over time under the rationale for free trade and the strong practical evidence of its benefits, the particular case of cultural protectionism has persevered. As we reveal in this paper, however, it has been modified, or at least its rhetoric has changed. The enquiry into the notion of cultural protectionism or cultural diversity, as the current political jargon would have it, is but one of the paper’s objectives. Its second and certainly more ambitious goal is the search for the normative dimensions of cultural diversity policies in the global digital space, asking what adjustments are needed and how feasible the entire project of diversity regulation in this environment may be. Taking into account the specificities of cyberspace and in a forward-looking manner, we propose some adjustments to current media policy practices that could better serve the goal of a sustainably diverse cultural environment.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > Institute of European and International Economic Law

UniBE Contributor:

Burri, Mira

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Series:

NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper

Publisher:

University of Bern Law School - World Trade Institute

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tihomira Burri

Date Deposited:

27 Aug 2014 16:11

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 10:45

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.51558

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/51558

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