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Towards a political economy of communication in development?


Florencia Enghel


The article was published in a Special Issue of Nordicom Review edited by Associate Professor Pradip Ninan Thomas as a result of the conference 'Beyond the Impasse' organized by the Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland, Australia, in January 2013. The aim of theconference was to bring together academics involved in pushing the boundaries as it were of communication for social change in terms of theory and methods as they applied to practice.

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In the development communication equation, whether more theoretical, empirical and analytical attention is given to ‘development’ or to ‘communication’ makes a difference: where the emphasis is on development, it is at the expense of communication. Since communication and media arguably play an increasingly pervasive role in the everyday life of citizens and in the politics, economies and governance of most societies, the characteristics and role of specific forms of applied communication strategies in the context of the neoliberal project merit critical scrutiny. Given a complex global scenario, what can a political economy approach bring into an agenda for the future of development communication as a field of study, a practice and an institutional project? This article outlines ways in which a focus on political economy dimensions may contribute to understanding the obstacles and limits to a transformative practice of international development communication.

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    Nordicom Review, Nr 36.
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Florencia Enghel

Florencia Enghel (Ph.D., Karlstad University, 2014) is a media and communication researcher. Her doctoral study, "Video letters, mediation and (proper) distance", which analyzes post-conflict international development communication intervention in... Läs vidare


Enghel, F. (2015). Towards a political economy of communication in development? Nordicom Review, (36), pp. 11-24. Available at: [Accessed 25 Jun. 2017].