National Communication Policies: Genesis, reception and evolution of the concept in democratic Catalonia

Ana Fernández Viso, Josep Àngel Guimerà i Orts


In the 21st century, the field of communication policies studies has launched a timely process of revision of notions of ‘communication policy’ and ‘media policy’ in the light of changes observed in their definition, scope and praxis. One of the central aspects of the discussion is the growing strength gained since the mid-1980s by private actors, supranational political organisations and independent bodies with regard to the definition, adoption and implementation of regulatory measures, to the detriment of state government leadership. This article aims to contribute to that debate in two ways. The first is to draw on 1970s’ Latin-American thought on national communication policies (NCPs) as cultural autonomy and development tools. The second is to present how these ideas were received by a number of scholars in Catalonia in the 1980’s and how they have re-elaborated the NCPs concept on the basis of the importance of public communication policies for national reconstruction in a stateless nation.


Communication policies; Latin-American thought; Catalan thought; cultural reconstruction

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